De Hominis Felicitate Libri tres. Ad Pium Quartum Pontificem Maximum. De Vera, et falsa Voluptate Libri duo. De Honore Liber unus. Ad Franciscum Medicem Florentinorum, et Senensium Principem

Autore: NOBILI, Flaminio de' (1533-1591)

Tipografo: Vincenzo Busdraghi

Dati tipografici: Lucca, 1563

Three parts in one volume (200x145 mm). 358 [i.e. 362], [2], 63, [1] pp. Collation: A-Z4 Aa-Hh4 Ii6 *4 Kk-Xx4 α-θ4. Contemporary limp vellum with overlapping edges, inked title along the spine (back panel a bit rubbed). On the first front flyleaf verso bookplate Suardi Ponti, on the verso ownership inscription “Thomas Gianninius de Providenzia” (also repeated on the spine). A fine copy with wide margins from the Bibliotheca Pinelliana (London, 1789, no. 1576; manuscript note on the front pastedown).

First edition. The first of these three philosophical treatises deals with the quest for happiness, the second with genuine and false pleasure, and the third with honour.

Flaminio de' Nobili was born at Lucca and studied medicine and philosophy, occupying later the chair of logic and ecclesiastical law at the University of Pisa. He spent some time at Ferrara, but later returned to Pisa and Lucca, with a short interval at Rome. He was one of the authors of the Latin translation of the Septuagint published in Rome in 1587, and was also engaged in the famous edition of the Vulgate published in 1590 under the auspices of Sixtus V (cf. P. Paganini, Flaminio de' Nobili, studio biografico, in: “La Sapienza”, 9, 1884, 328-348).

Edit16, CNC23395; R. Kelso, The Doctrine of the English Gentleman in the Sixteenth Century, Urbana, 195), no.  646; L. Matteucci, Saggio di un catalogo delle edizioni lucchesi di Vincenzo Busdrago (1549-1605), in: “La Bibliofilia”, XVIII, 1916, p. 340, no. 54.