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Catanaeus, Johannes Maria [a.k.a. Giovanni Maria Cattaneo]. Io: Mariae Catanaei Genua. [colophon: Romae: Impressum apud Iacobum Mazochium, 1514]. 4to (20.6 cm, 8.15").  ff. (lacking final blank). $3,750.00
A neo-Latin poem in praise of the city of Genoa, including "some verses concerning Columbus and his voyages" (Harrisse). The author, a clergyman, is identified by various sources as Catanaeus, Cattaneo, Cataneo, etc. The neo-Latin poem is printed in roman and has two woodcut initials; the title-page sports a very handsome architectural woodcut border.
Binding: Signed custom binding done by the legendary Léon Gruel, stamped "Gruel" on front free endpaper: Dark brown morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title, covers with small central gilt-stamped monogram of intertwined Hs (see provenance below), turn-ins with gilt border composed of several rolls. Marbled pastedowns and double marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplates of Robert Walsingham Martin and Samuel Latham Mitchill Barlow, fleur-de-lis bookplate of "E.O.," and => leather ex libris of author, lawyer, historian, and book collector Henry Harrisse (two letters H intertwined, labelled "Nov. Eborac" [New York]). Back pastedown with institutional bookplates of Harvard (properly deaccessioned and appropriately stamped); front free endpaper with 19th-century inked annotation opening "B.A.V. No. 75..." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and the bibliographies cited below find only seven U.S. libraries (MH, OCU, NN, ICN, RPJCB, CtY, DLC) reporting ownership.
Alden & Landis 514/3; Adams C1016; Brunet, Supplement, I, 225; Harrisse, BAV, 75; Sabin 11494; Index Aurel. 133.919; Edit16 CNCE 10294. Binding as above; bookplates as above; final blank leaf (only) lacking. Title-page with one small spot of foxing, pages otherwise clean, and this clearly a copy that has been "washed and pressed." (39557) Please RESHELVE This.
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