Palermo Trivnfante.

Palermo: G.B. Maringo, 1600. 4to. [vi], 133, [1]p. TWELVE FULL-WIDTH TEXT WOODCUTS (56 x 112 mm., two signed M.P.F.), double-column. 19th-century Jansenist red morocco, gilt-lettered title, board edges and turn-ins gilt, all edges gilt. Item #1


ONLY EDITION OF THE FIRST ROMANCE OF CHIVALRY PUBLISHED IN SICILY AND THE FIRST WRITTEN BY A SICILIAN TO BE PRINTED: ITS THEME IS SICILY. With enchanted gardens, an Island of Women, errant knights, precious jewels, perfidy, love triangles and ropes woven from women’s hair, this patriotic epic is an action fantasy of rich and varied imagery. Along the way, the author praises fellow “moderns” like Ventimiglia, Veneziano and Migliaccio. I have located three examples outside Italy. In excellent condition (scattered light foxing), bookplates of the great collector Giacomo Manzoni, of Franco Giorgio and of Erio Fiore.

Pastena et al., Bibliografia delle edizioni palermitane…del XVI I: 123; EDIT 16 CNCE 17180 & CNCE 39348 (1599 issue); Lozzi, Biblioteca istorica della…Italia 3327n. (not in his sale); Mazzamuto, “Lirica et epica nel secolo XVI” in Storia della Sicilia IV: 342-3; Sacco Messineo, “Poesia e cultura nell’età barocca” in Storia della Sicilia IV: 458; “Della poesia epica in Sicilia” in Filologia e letteratura siciliana III: 272-80 (good plot summary).

Price: $9,500.00