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Andrelini, Publio Fausto. P. Fausti Andrelini foroliuiensis Hecatodistichon. [Paris]: V[a]enundatur a M. Nicolao De Barra, . 4to (19.7 cm, 7.75").  pp. (final blank lacking). $2,500.00
Posthumous — but still early — edition of Andrelini's collection of epigrams addressing a variety of groups and topics, including readers, sleep, and faith; here in => the first edition edited by Jean Vatel and with his commentary. Andrelini (ca. 1462–1518) was an Italian humanist, friend of Erasmus (until a dramatic break in 1511), and poet royal to both Charles VIII and Queen Anne of Brittany. Vatel was a similarly intriguing Renaissance man — the "data" page of the website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France designates him, "Clerc, humaniste, professeur de grec, traducteur et commentateur, éditeur, dessinateur de caractères typographiques et imprimeur-libraire." Andrew Pettegree and Malcolm Walsby's bibliography of pre-1601 French books shows that Vatel was greatly interested in Andrelini and edited at least a dozen of his works; his commentary for this text was subsequently reprinted numerous times in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The text is neatly printed in two different sizes of roman font with one decorative and one historiated initial (a Virgin and Child); a sizable printer's device appears on the title-page. Searches of the NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC reveal only one U.S. institution (Yale) reporting owning this edition.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, II, 1972; Brunet, I, 271–2; Graesse, Trésor de livres rares, I, 121; not in Adams. On Andrelini, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, I; Pettegree & Walsby, French Vernacular Books: Books Published in France before 1601, 53120. Modern red foliate patterned paper–covered boards with gilt orange leather spine label, final blank lacking. Short interior tear without loss to title-page (perhaps a paper flaw?); light waterstaining and/or offsetting from old binding to upper outer corners and a little dust-soiling or creasing (the latter perhaps in the press). Light pencilling on one endpaper and one pencilled word on final page. => In fact withal a very pleasing little book. (38015) Please RESHELVE This.
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