Lettera consolatoria di Girolamo Troiano, con alcune rime di diversi eccellenti autori nella morte della signora Lucretia Cavalcanti gentildonna Gaetana

Autore: TROIANO, Girolamo (fl. 16th cent.)

Tipografo: Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari

Dati tipografici: Venezia, 1569


4to. [16], 59, [5] pp. Collation: *-**4 A-H4. Leaf E2r opens with separate title page the section entitled Rime di diversi eccellenti autori, nella morte della Signora Lucretia Cavalcanti de' Gattoli gentildonna Gaetana. Printer's devices on title pages and at the end. Roman and italic types. Several woodcut historiated initials, headpieces and ornaments. The poem at l. E2v is printed within a woodcut border.

(bound with:)

[TURCHI, Francesco (ca. 1515-1599)]. Discorso spirituale, dove si tratta della carità, et dello innamorarsi in Christo Giesù. Composto da un reverendissimo Padre, & eccellentissimo Theologo: per consolatione della molto magnifica, & divotissima Signora Isabetta Pisana, Moceniga. Venezia, Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1568.

4to. 31, [1] pp. Collation: a4 B-D4. Printer's devices on title page and at the end. Roman and italic types. Woodcut historiated initials, headpieces and ornaments. Large woodcut illustration within an elaborate border on title-page verso and 2 woodcut vignettes on l. a4v and D3r.

Two works in one volume (202x150 mm) bound in contemporary flexible vellum (soiled and darkened). Engraved bookplate of Pietro Marino Barnabò (c. 1630) on the first title-page verso (cf. A. Bertarelli, Gli ex-libris italiani, Milan, 1902, p. 87). Light marginal stains, browned throughout, but a good, genuine copy.

 

I:) FIRST EDITION, second issue (Edit 16, CNCE26660 records two copies with the date 1568) of this letter of consolation addressed to Giulia Cavalcanti for the loss of her daughter Lucrezia (cf. S. Stroppa, Dopo Petrarca: rime di lutto e consolazione nel Cinquecento. Il caso di Luigi da Porto, in: “Forme della consolatoria tra Quattro e Cinquecento. Poesie e prose di lutto tra corte, accademie e ‘sodalitas' amicale”, S. Stroppa & N. Volta, eds., Lucca, 2019, p. 181). In the dedication to Ludovico Malaspina, a nobleman from Verona, dated from Venice April 1, 1569, Troiano stated that some of the poems had gotten into the hands of Francesco Turchi, who had them issued in a very defective edition, thus he had them reprinted ‘con ogni diligenza corrette'. “Della prima stampa di questa raccolta fatta dal Turchi non abbiamo informazioni nissune. Questa seconda, che senza dubbio è preferibile, e sotto il rispetto della stampa deve dirsi bel volume, o per meglio un opuscolo nobilmente e riccamente stampato, è di qualche pregio e non facilmente trovabile” (S. Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, Rome, 1895, p. 288).

This memorial volume contains verses by the following authors: Agostino Ferentilli, Angelico Loccadeli, Bartolomeo Malombra (2), Benedetto d'Uva, Benedetto Guidi (3), Bernardino Tomai, Camillo Pellegrino, Cesare Pavese, Dionigi Atanagi, Erasmo Valvasone (2), Francesco Corelli, Francesco de gli Oratori, Francesco Turchi, Giovanni Antonio Fineo, Giovanni Evangelista Spiriti, Girolamo Calderari (2), Girolamo Troiani (25), Orazio Toscanella, Ortensio Persicino, Lando Ferretti, Lodovico Boschetti, Lodovico Dolce, Lodovico Novello, Lucio Paganino, Nicolò Persicino, Paolo Emilio Pittati, Pietro Nelli, and Tommaso de gli Albori (2).

Little is known about Girolamo Troiano, he apparently was a member of the ‘Accademia Filarmonica' of Verona and had published several poems in the anthology edited in 1565 by Dionigi Atanagi, De le rime di diversi nobili poeti Toscani, some of which were set into music by Luca Marenzio (cf. J.M. Chater, Luca Marenzio and the Italian Madrigal, 1577-1593, Ann Arbor, 1981, II, pp. 202, 251).

Edit 16, CNCE26735; Universal STC, no. 861297; A. Jacobson Schutte, Irene di Spilimbergo: The Image of a Creative Woman in Late Renaissance Italy, in: “Renaissance Quarterly”, 44/1, 1991, p. 61.

 

II:) FIRST EDITION of this nicely printed anonymous devotional work dedicated in a letter dated October 28, 1568, by the editor, Francesco Turchi to Isabetta Pisana Mocenigo.

“At the time of the Council of Trent, charity was again a hotly debated issue, with religious reformers and lay intellectuals proposing a variety of perspectives […] [Charity] has a dual, even paradoxical function: on the one hand charity transfers one's love of God onto one's neighbor, on the other hand it aims at nothing but itself […] Similar ideas were formulated by Cardinal Giovanni Domenico Fiorentino, whose Libro della carità was re-edited in Venice in 1555. He too, insists that perfect charity requires love of God as a precondition for other forms of love, as such, the practice of true charity mirrors its rhetorical significance as a master-metaphor of displacement. Francesco Turchi adapts such late medieval definitions of charity in his Discorso spirituale, dove di tratta della carità” (J. G. Sperling, Allegories of Charity and the Practice of Poor Relief at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, in: “Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch”, 70, 2009, pp. 120-121).

Francesco Turchi was born into a wealthy family. He was the son of a blacksmith and arms dealer of Milanese origins, who lived at Treviso. He had an excellent education but was more inclined to the arts than to the trade. He became a Carmelite, settling in the convent of Borbiago or that of Conscio. He deepened his theological studies in Padua and then moved to the Carmelitan convent in Venice. Here he met the printer Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari, of whom he became a collaborator. In 1565 he was transferred to Florence, where appeared his first work the Canzone for Cosimo de' Medici. Having become prior of the convent of Grazia del Carmine in Viterbo in 1567, and a member of the ‘Accademia degli Smarriti' (under the name of ‘Errante'. In the same years he began to work for Giolito, replacing Lodovico Dolce shortly before his death. In 1570 he was appointed prior of the convent of Conscio, a position he held until his death. In this period, he traveled throughout the peninsula as a guest of other convents (Florence, Palestrina, Ronciglione, Pisa, Rome) and continued to return to Venice to carry out his assiduous publishing activity, composing several devotional treatises and editing numerous literary texts (see R. Morace, Francesco Turchi, in: “Dizionario biografico degli italiano”, 97, Rome, 2020; see also S. Augusto, Il primo supplitore di Livio. Note bio-bibliografiche, in: “Atti dell'Istituto veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti”, XCVII/2, 1937-1938, pp. 19-52; and P. Zaja, Salmi e lirica volgare nel Cinquecento, in: “La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana, vol. V, Dal Medioevo al Rinascimento”, G. Melli & M. Sipione, eds., Brescia, 2013, pp. 549-568).

Edit 16, CNCE17290; Universal STC, no. 804593; S. Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, Roma, 1895, II, p. 263-264.


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