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Cirino d'Ancona (attrib. author), & Pánfilo Sassi. [drop-title] La historia di Liombruno ... Et un capitolo di Pamphilo Sasso. [colophon: In Perugia: per Andrea Bresciano], [1554–87]. 4to (21 cm, 8.25").  pp. $1,450.00
Unrecorded edition of the classic Italian fairy tale involving a fisherman's bargain with the devil and the many adventures of his son Liombruno in escaping said bargain, here with Italian Renaissance poet Sasso's "D'una che si lamenta del suo amante." The text is neatly printed in two columns using roman type, with a sizable woodcut of the devil and the fisherman bargaining at the sea's-edge at the start and a neat little tailpiece of type ornaments at the end. Though the work was printed a few times in the 16th and 17th centuries, searches of WorldCat, COPAC, the NUC, and EDIT16 find => no holdings of this edition in any institution.
Binding: 19th-century crushed light brown morocco, spine with gilt-stamped title, spine and covers framed in single gilt fillet, board edges with double gilt fillets, turn-ins with an intricate gilt roll of arabesque, dot, and tulip designs. All edges gilt. Signed on bottom front turn-in by London bookbinders Lloyd, Wallis, & Lloyd.
Provenance: Pencil note on front pastedown "Proviene della Raccolta Catalina Fernese"; more recently in the library of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Not in Adams. Bound as above; very gently rubbed with a few small specks on covers and moderate offsetting from binding to endpapers. Leaves with moderate age-toning and some dust-soiling, fore- and inner margins expertly repaired via leafcasting; a handful of words quite rubbed. Provenance indicia as above. => A scarce fairy tale printing clearly meant to be ephemeral, now well preserved and neatly bound. (38270) Please RESHELVE This.
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