La Psiche. Ercole. fl. 1592 UDINE.
La Psiche.
La Psiche.
A DROP OF WAX

La Psiche.

Venice, G.B. Ciotti 1599.

8vo. [iix], 90 [r. 80] leaves. EIGHT FULL-PAGE ENGRAVINGS BY GIACOMO VALEGIO, ENGRAVED TITLE with putti, ornaments, masks, etc.

Mid-18th-century gilt-ruled red morocco, spine and vertical title gilt, board edges and turn-ins and edges gilt.

First Edition. Dedicated to Eleonora de’ Medici Gonzaga Duchess of Mantua (1567-1611), this illustrated poem of transgressive love in eight cantos celebrates the house of Gonzaga and in particular its women — the dedicatee and her two daughters Margarita (1591-1632, Duchess of Lorraine 1604-32) and Eleonora (1598-1655, Holy Roman Empress 1622-37) — with references to their palaces and the city of Mantua. The three subsequent editions had commentary by Andrea Grillo, who here offers a brief encomium to the author. A diplomat, Udine also paraphrased the Aeneid. Upper margins with a narrow stain, first etching shaved on the top, one blank corner supplied.
¶EDIT16 CNCE 24252; see Piantanida’s Autori italiani del ‘600 2860 (1617 ed.).

Item #11148

Price: $1,650.00