Della Bradamante gelosa i cinque primi canti, di M. Secondo Tarentino. Al reverendissimo Monsignor Francesco Colonna Arcivescovo Tarentino

Autore TARENTINO, Secondo (fl. mid 16th cent.).
Tipografo Giovanno Andrea Valvassori called Guadagnino
Dati tipografici Venice, 
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Della Bradamante gelosa

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8vo (155x99 mm). 76 leaves. Signatures: A-I8 K4. Italic type. Printer's device on title page. With 5 half-page woodcut illustrations and 5 historiated initials at the beginning of each canto. Green morocco binding signed by Bauzonnet-Trautz, panels within triple gilt fillets, spine with five raised bands and gilt title, inside gilt dentelles, marbled endleaves, gilt edges (corners and joints slightly worn). Small stain in the outer margin of the first and last leaf. On the title page the ownership entry “Bibliotheca Sedanensis” (the library of the Protestant Academy of Sedan was founded in 1607 under the leadership of Prince Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne and was dispersed in 1642 after the French annexation of Sedan). A very good copy from the library of Guglielmo Libri (Cat. 1847, no. 1096: “Édition originale et très rare, que Melzi n'a jamais pu voir”).

EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION (the work was reprinted by Guadagnino in 1562 and again by Domenico Imberti in 1619 and 1623).

Little is known about the life and figure of Secondo Tarentino. The poem, composed in ottava rima, is dedicated to Francesco Colonna, who was archbishop of Taranto between 1544 and 1560. Tarentino was probably at the service of Colonna, whose family is celebrated in a poem printed on the title-page verso as well as throughout the work.

The Bradamante gelosa, in its elaborated plot full of action and adventure, is a celebration of human folly which overturns traditional chivalric values. Beside the narration of the love of Bradamante, Orlando's cousin, for Ruggiero, Tarentino depicts Medoro as a hero, while Orlando is repeatedly teased in front of Angelica. In the poem Medoro becomes an emblem of the ideal Renaissance man as opposed to Orlando, the arrogant and rough nobleman who relies only on his status and physical strength.

Tarentino also wrote the comedy Il capitan bizzarro (Venice, 1551 and 1567).

M. Marti, Prima ricognizione della “Bradamante gelosa” di Secondo Tarentino, in: “Letteratura e filosofia. Studi in onore di C.F. Goffis”, Foggia, 1985, pp. 121-138; G. Melzi & P.A. Tosi, Bibliografia dei romanzi di cavalleria in versi e in prosa italiani, Milan, 1865, p. 272; Edit16, CNCE73691; USTC, 858088; Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\URBE\005017 (3 copies in Italy: Biblioteca universitaria, Bologna; Biblioteca Oliveriana, Pesaro; Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence).

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