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LANDI, Ortensio (ca. 1512--ca. 1553)
Paradossi cioe, sententie fvori del comun parere, nouellamente uenute in luce. Opra non men dotta che piaceuole, & in due parti separata.
In Vinegia [Bernardino Bindoni?], 1544.
22, 24--80, 91--106, 97--103, 103--104, 100, 104, [2] leaves ; 14.8 cm. (8º)

Previously published: Lione, 1543. Text signed at end 'Svisnetroh Tabedvl.' i.e. 'Hortensius Ludebat', followed by an address to the reader by Paulo Mascranico commencing ' L'auttore della presente op[r]a fu. M.OL.M. ...' i.e. Messer Ortensio Landi Modanese. Page numbering omits 81--90 and leaves 70 and 72 are misnumbered 80 and 82 respectively; the text is continuous. Woodcut printer's device on title-page of a tree struck by lightning under a starry sky within an oval frame with motto 'Sotto La Fe Del Ciel A L'Aer Chiaro Tempo Non Mi Parea Da Far Riparo', within a second motto to left and right 'Omni Tempore Diligit Qui Amicus Est Pro. XVII.'. This is an example of what George Boas in his The happy beast in French thought of the seventeenth-century (Baltimore 1933) calls 'theriophily', defined as the use of natural history and animals, in particular, in fables for satirical and moral purposes.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with Landi's Commentario delle piv notabili, & mostruose cose d'Italia, 1559 (q.v.). Inscribed in ink on front pastedown 4/- and in another hand 3865.

Binding C16th limp vellum, later black morocco spine-label partly obscuring earlier MS. spine-title.

Reference Number 1362


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