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Caro, Annibale; Giovanni Batista Caro, ed. De le lettere familiari del commendatore Annibal Caro volume primo. Venetia: Appresso Aldo Manutio, 1572. 4to (20.3 cm, 8"). , 296,  pp. $750.00
First edition: Posthumous collection => from Aldus Manutius of Annibale Caro's historically useful letters to a variety of influential recipients throughout Italy, including Paolo Manutio, opening with a dedication from Giovanni Batista Caro to Girolamo Cardinal Correggio and closing with an index and three pages of errata. Poet Annibale Caro (1507–66), best known for his artful Italian translation of the Aeneid, also participated in one of the most vitriolic literary feuds of the Renaissance with Lodovico Castelvetro.
This offering is the first of two volumes separately published three years apart. The text is neatly printed in single columns using a large italic font and roman headers with one decorative piece and two historiated woodcut initials; the title-page contains a variation of the Aldine device where the iconic anchor & dolphin appear within the Imperial charge of arms.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
EDIT16 CNCE 9649; Adams C740; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 488; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 847; Goldsmid, Aldine Press at Venice, 679; Renouard, Alde, 215, no. 9; Index Aurel. 132.470; Brunet, I, 1588–9; Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, II, p. 51. Contemporary vellum over boards, spine with gilt-lettered brown title-label and raised bands accented with gilt double fillets; covers framed in gilt double fillets with filigree devices at corners, all edges stained blue. Binding lightly dust-soiled with a scattering of stains and small wormholes, old roughly penciled shelfmark on front cover, front hinge (inside) starting with cover remaining firmly attached. Title-page and next leaf somewhat browned, otherwise light age-toning only with a little smudging and staining from use; title-page and four leaves (the first of their signatures) with very small hole to center of bottom margin, several following such first leaves with small ink-dot in same place. Booklabel as above, endpapers with pencilled bibliographical note and a rubber-stamped "P," three small marginal corrections and one scratched word in an early inked hand. => An Aldine with pleasing presence. (38882) Please RESHELVE This.
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