Stanze di Messer Angelo Poliziano, Le

The Bodoni Press Poliziano

[BODONI PRESS]. POLIZIANO, Angelo. Le Stanze di Messer Angelo Poliziano di Nuovo Pubblicate. Parma: Nel Regal Palazzo, Co’ Tipi Bodoniani, 1792.

First Bodoni edition. Large quarto (12 3/16 x 8 7/8 inches; 310 x 226 mm.). [4], xv, [1, blank], 60 pp. Engraved arms of the dedicatee, Count Cesare Ventura, at head of p. [i]. Modern blue buckram decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on spine. All edges uncut. Paper lightly foxed and slightly browned at edges. A very good copy.

“Lettera di Alessandro Sarzio premessa alle Stanze di m. Angelo Poliziano, impresse in Bologna nel 1494 per Platone de' Benedetti, in quarto”: p. [xi]-xv.

Italian poet and humanist Angelo Poliziano, or Politian (1454-1494), was “the friend and protégé of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and one of the foremost classical scholars of the Renaissance. With Lorenzo, he was one of those mainly responsible for the revaluation of vernacular literature...

"...Between 1473 and 1478 he produced Latin and Greek verses that are among the best examples of humanist poetry; they include elegies, odes, and epigrams (of particular merit are the elegies In violas [‘In Violets’] and the ode In puellam suam [‘In Regard to One’s Daughters’]). Politian’s poetic masterpiece of this period is, however, a vernacular poem in ottava rima, Stanze cominciate per la giostra del Magnifico Giuliano de’ Medici (‘Stanzas Begun for the Tournament of the Magnificent Giuliano de’ Medici’), composed between 1475 and 1478, which is one of the great works of Italian literature...

"...In May 1479, as a result of a quarrel with Lorenzo’s wife, Politian was expelled from the Medici household. In Mantua he found a new patron in the person of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga... In 1480 Politian, after repeatedly entreating Lorenzo, was at last invited to return to Florence and was appointed to the Florentine chair of Latin and Greek (autumn 1480)” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).

Giambattista Bodoni, (1740-1813), was an "Italian printer who designed several modern typefaces, one of which bears his name and is in common use today...By 1790 Bodoni had become widely known; important travelers visited his press, and collectors sought his books...Although his books were better known for their beauty and typographical excellence than for textual accuracy, he printed many important works, the most famous of which were his fine editions of the writings of Horace and Virgil in 1791 and 1793, respectively, and Homer’s Iliad in 1808. The last years of his life brought Bodoni international fame. He received compliments from the pope and was honored with a pension by Napoleon Bonaparte" (Encyclopedia Britannica).

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