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TORRIANO, Giovanni
Della lingua Toscana-Romana. Or, an introduction to the Italian tongve. Containing such grounds as are most immediately useful, and necessary for the speedy and easie attaining of the same. As also a new store house of proper and choice dialogues most useful for such as desire the speaking part, and intend to travel into Italy, or the Levant. Together with the modern way of addressing letters and stiling of persons, as well in actual discourse, as in writing. By Gio: Torriano. An Italian, & professor of the Italian tongue in London.
London: printed for J. Martin, and J. Allestrye, and are to be sold at their shop, 1657.
[16], 269, 268--293, [9]; [4], 256 p. ; 16.7 cm. (8º)

Includes a humourously idiomatic collection of 'Choyce Italian Dialogues, Accommodated to the modern stile of the best Cities and Courts of Italy: ...' with separate title-page (imprint as above dated 1657), register and pagination (WIng T1918A). This latter work was almost certainly also available on its own. There is extensive mispagination in the first text in signatures S and T, and throughout the second text after p. 53; in neither case however is the register disturbed. Torriano's later career in London is discussed by Frances Yates in her 'An Italian in Restoration England', Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes, vol. 6 (1943), pp. 216--220. ESTC r13784; Wing T1919 and T1918A; Alston XII.2, 28.

Copy Notes Without front free-endpapers. Inscribed in ink on rear free-endpaper Penelope Hildeyerd; and on final pastedown saccharine in the same early eighteenth-century hand.

Binding Contemporary C17th calf, blind double-ruled borders with additional fillets parallel to spine, blind double-ruled spine.

Reference Number 1332


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