Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis and Caesar Parmensis 1492.
4to (195 x 142 mm.). [ii], , [2 blank]p. Roman type, two sets of white-line floriated woodcut initials.
Vellum over stiff boards, all edges gilt.
Only Edition. The Brescian humanist prepared this for the teacher, not the autodidact. The text has two parts, unusually designated editio prima and editio altera. The first covers the alphabet and the basics on nouns, adverbs, adjectives and verbs. The second part provides exercises in eloquent speech, notes on composition, accents, metrics, syllables, orthography, prefixes, diphthongs, aspiration and aid on sentence structure.
This is first of four books issued by the partnership of de Misintis and Parmensis, March to May 1492, prior to their removal to Cremona. The other three editions are not represented in American collections. In good condition, purchase note of Georges Petit (1878-1956) dated March 1938.
¶Scaglione, The Classical Theory of Composition from its Origins to the Present 127; Quondam, Forma del vivere: l’etica del gentiluomo 244; ISTC ib00259000; Goff B-259 (one copy).