(Fiorenza [Florence]: Bernardo Giunta, 1549). 165 x 105 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4"). 102, [2] leaves. Second Edition.

Contemporary flexible vellum, smooth spine with ink titling, yapp edges. With printer's woodcut snake-and-lilies device on title page and final page, historiated woodcut initials. Printed in italic type. Adams A-411; EDIT16 606. Vellum somewhat soiled, half a dozen tiny wormholes to boards, one-inch of yapp edge to lower board chipped away, a couple of corners bumped, but the original workmanlike binding entirely sound and not without appeal. Small purple stain to upper fore-edge corner (away from text) throughout, signature K with faint dampstain to lower third of leaves, occasional minor marginal stains or smudges, but still a very good copy, generally clean and fresh internally, with nothing approaching a major defect.

This is an unsophisticated copy of the most famous work by Italian poet and diplomat Luigi Alamanni (1495-1556), a didactic poem on agriculture based on Virgil's "Georgics." First printed in Paris in 1546, it appears here in the first edition printed in the author's native city. Active in Florentine politics, Alamanni ran afoul of the powerful Medici family and was forced to flee to France, where he found favor at the court of François I, to whom this work is addressed. He served as an ambassador for that king and his successor Henri II. According to Britannica, his poems are "distinguished by the purity and excellence of their style." While the present volume is unassuming, there is considerable charm in its very genuine state: it is easy to imagine it slipped into the pocket of a humanist scholar at the Université de Paris.

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PJP Catalog: 76.