Nel Solenne Aprimento Della Pubblica Ducal Libreria Di Modena Orazione. Francesco Antonio. S J ZACCARIA.
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Nel Solenne Aprimento Della Pubblica Ducal Libreria Di Modena Orazione.

Modena, Heirs of Bartolomeo Soliani Ducal Printer 1764.

Folio. XIXp. Woodcut title ornament.

Disbound.

First Edition. In charge of the collection, Zaccaria delivered this oration at the opening to the public of the Este library, founded in the 14th-century by the dukes. He describes the ducal palace, its paintings, armor and medals. He praises the library’s rich holdings of Aldines, Estiennes, Giolitos and Giuntas and urges scholars preparing critical editions of Greek and Latin authors to consult the library’s medieval manuscripts. He highlights a few printed books, including Berlinghieri’s Geographia (Florence 1482) with its thirty-one superbly illuminated engraved maps. This discourse is apparently the earliest independent printed description of the Biblioteca Estense. I have not located a copy outside of Europe. In good condition (edges frayed), contemporary manuscript numbering on the title, bookplate of Giorgio Malavasi of Modena.
¶Ottino & Fumagalli, Bibliotheca bibliographica italica I: 3173; Frati, Dizionario…dei Bibliotecari e bibliofili Italani 573; Sommervogel-deBacker, Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus VIII: 1406,73.

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