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Rerum Memorabilium Libri Duo, quorum prior deperditarum: posterior noviter inventarum est.  Ex Itali

Rerum Memorabilium Libri Duo, quorum prior deperditarum: posterior noviter inventarum est. Ex Itali (Used)

by Pancirolli, Guido.


Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: 11125, 11125


Hamburg: Michael Forster 1607. Squat small octavo in seventeenth-century vellum-backed boards, rubbed and scuffed, backstrip torn in two places along joints but binding solid, recent lettering in india ink of title over the faded original lettering. Text (pp.798) complete (8, A-Ccc8, including final blank), slight worming of first and last signatures, touching a letter here and there but never obscuring the sense, paper lightly browned, a few slight original flaws in paper or type impression, glue stain on front pastedown where bookplate has been removed. Guido Pancirolli's (1523-99) Raccolta breve d'alcune cose piu segnalate c'hebbero gli antichi ... was first published in the form of a copiously annotated Latin translation of the original Italian manuscript (Hamburg 1599-1602) by Pancirolli's fellow lawyer Heinrich Salmuth of Hamburg. A second edition of Salmuth's version appeared, also in Hamburg, in 1607-8, with a third following in 1612. A French translation was published in Lyon in 1608. The original Italian text was not published until 1612, in Venice. The first English translation, The History of many memorable things ... appeared in London, as late as 1715. Offered here is the second edition of the first part only, containing 65 chapters on "the lost marvels of the ancients". The second part, Nova reperta, sive rerum memorabilium liber secundus (1608), with 25 chapters (in 780 pages) on such modern discoveries as the New World, Greek fire, sugar and clocks, is not present.

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