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    Tom(m)aso Garzoni. La Sinagoga De Gl'Ignoranti. Venice: Roberto Meietti, 1601. Krown & Spellman retail: $950. Second edition. 8vo. 4,A-2A4,2B6 + 2 (mis-signed). Index misbound between A4 & B1. [12],195[mispaginated actually 203]pp. Modern cloth boards, title in gilt on leather label; indices are bound out-of-order between pp8 & 9; corner repair to t.p., final five leaves with wormtracks (not affecting text.), occ. dampstains, old library stamp on t.p. "Bibliotheca Privata Di Patrizio Antolini." Old notes on endpapers. Printer's device on t.p., historiated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Garzoni was born in Bagnacavallo in 1549, and he's supposed to come from a wealthy family, since Ottaviano (this was Garzoni's birth name) studied law in Ferrara, and then logic in Siena. In 1566 with the name of Tomaso he became part of the religious order "Canonici Regolari della Congregazione Lateranense" in Ravenna's "Santa Maria in Porto" convent. Here he spent the rest of his life, except some short periods spent outside while travelling through Italy as a preaching friar; this activity led him to meet different cultural and social milieus. He died in June 1589 at the young age of forty. Garzoni started to write quite late, but with such a literary conscience that led him to produce a great amount of works in quite a short time." (Bagnacavolo on-line)

    This popular work "The Temple of the Ignorant" is the first work to classify and describe various forms of foolishness. First published in 1589 it went through several editions and translations. Full of citations of classical authors, his last section is filled with a humorous list of practitioners of magical and diabolical practices.

    "The appearance of the printed books of secrets caught the attention of Tommaso Garzoni (1549-1589), one of the most astute, if eccentric, observers of Italian social and cultural life...Garzoni, who thought the world was filled with every possible kind of fool (and wrote a book on it), was amazed there were so many who would dedicate their lives to seeking such elusive and chimerical things" William Eamon, Science And The Secrets Of Nature.]

    The text of this rare edition is misprinted -- the pagination and catchmarks are correct and the book can easily be read by following their lead but the pages are printed out-of-order, begining with page 202 being printed on the verso of page193. A curious survival.          CNCE Venezaine G 272. Graesse III,32. Cantamessa 1715 (note). OCLC: 47617353 (Villanova only) RLIN adds one copy at Yale CTYADEU8374-B. Not in Brunet, BL 17th Italian, Bruni/Evans.

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