Pietro Bembo edited the text from an autograph manuscript and corrected many textual errors that had become "traditional" in earlier editions. It was only the third printed edition after two examples in the s to order the poems in sequence and section them "in life" and "in death" as Petrarch did in his final revisions.
This ordering of the poems is now considered one of Petrarch's breakthrough innovations in the Western lyric tradition that is creating an overarching narrative order in a sequence of lyric poems. The earlier editions in correct sequence had been drowned out by several shuffled versions.
Bembo's Aldine edition canonized the text as we now know it. It was also the beginning of Bembo's career as a professional scholar he went on to edit the Aldine edition of Dante and significantly to successfully promote the Florentine dialect of Petrarch Dante and Boccaccio as the basis for a broader Italian language. It was the second occurrence-the first in a vernacular language-of Aldus's great series of pocketable books that unlike the big folios chained to library tables could be taken anywhere.
This portability allowed the advent of reading for enjoyment and Aldine portable books became the model for scholar-printers across Europe.
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It was likewise the second occurrence-again the first in the vernacular-of Aldus's "italic" typeface. The font became hugely popular due in great part to this book for the legend spread that it was very similar to Petrarch's own handwriting. The copy offered here is one of the minority that includes Aldus's note to the reader and errata appended after the text.
Not long after the initial issue Aldus felt obliged to respond with mock exaggeration to certain critics with a list of errata. There he also announces his forthcoming edition of Dante. This 4-leaf note was only sewn into unsold copies of the book and so it is rarely found. The so-called "Babylon Sonnets" which negatively portray the Court of Rome are sometimes torn out because of a misguided papal decree in ; here they are marked with a rule for cancellation but are otherwise intact.
Octavo 18cm; leaves including blanks z4 and A8. Foliated in manuscript. Bound in nineteenth-century Italian diced russia gilt-tooled to panel design with center cartouche framing author's name on upper board. Vellum endleaves. Occasional light marginal soiling and stains title with minor restoration along bottom edge and faded 16th-century ownership inscription "Ex libris quondam D.
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Rilegatura editoriale illustrata; pagg. Encuadernacion original. Half vellum. Very good. Title within a woodcut border. Verso of final leaf with woodcut device. Very clean copy. Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc. Very Good with No dust jacket as issued. Signed by editor on ffep with additional inscription.
Book is in the Italian language with the text of Petrarch's writing in Latin with Italian translation on facing page. Binding sound. Pages clean bright. Wrappers have light handling wear.
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Brossura editoriale illustrata pagine Segno di matita blu alla brossura piccolo distacco al dorso. Very Good -. Very good condition paperback written in Italian. Slight creases on front and back covers. Notes taken on first page in blue ink by previous owner.
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Digital image available upon request. Libri I and II. Title vignette 2 thick 12mo early calf gilt-decorated raised bands; spine ends worn partially missing corners bumped last page missing text of upper right corner. Venetia: Domenico Farri Sansoni Editore.
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Good with No dust jacket as issued. Text of Petrarch's writing in Latin; introduction and notes in Italian. Sound binding. Tanned pages with some underlined passages and notes on several pages of the introduction. Some uncut pages. Wrappers have general edge wear shelf wear handling wear including spine creasing. Chip at top rear corner of wrappers. Buch I. Original blue cloth hardcover gilt.
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