Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum

Autore BOOKSELLER CATALOGUE (B. GIUNTA-G.B. CIOTTI, VENICE).
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Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum

12mo (128x74 mm). [114] leaves. Collation: A-I12 K6. Printer's device on title page (a crowned figure bearing a scepter on one hand and the Florentine lily on the other one). Original cardboards covered with later marbled papers on the panels and on the spine, original endleaves preserved (slightly worn and rubbed, worm tracks repaired to the pastedowns and flyleaves). On title page there are a small ink drawing and the manuscript date “Dic XV A. 1684”; at the verso the printed bookplate “Proprietà Ragagli Filippo Mercatello”. On the back flyleaf recto the owner of the book (“Ph. Ragagli”) has provided in brown ink a manuscript index to the sections of the book (“Repertorium juxta Regestum Chartarum”). Two tiny holes on the title page and following leaf, other worm holes in the last quire skillfully repaired with partial loss of a few letter. A very good and genuine copy.

EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL EDITION of the stock sale catalogue of the typographers and book dealers Bernardo Giunta (ca. 1540-1627) and Giovanni Battista Ciotti (ca. 1562-1627), whose partnership lasted for a period of about eight years (1607-1614) (cf. D. Rhodes, Giovanni Battista Ciotti (1562-1627?): Publisher Extraordinary at Venice, Venice, 2013, pp. 72-75).

The catalogue consists of a short-title list of books available for sale, without price and date, but with format, arranged by alphabetical order of title within 10 sections: “Ad bonas literas”; “Ad philosophiam”; “Ad theologiam”; “Ad medicinam”; “Ad mathematicas”; “Ad juris utriusque scientiam”; “Graeci, hebraei, & graeci latini”; “Libri ecclesiastici nigri, ac rubei”; “Volgari italiani” (the largest section); “Libri ultramontani” (in Latin).

This large catalogue, which comprises approximately 3,500 editions, includes for the most part books not printed by Ciotti and Giunti.

“The Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Ioannis Baptistae Ciotti, et sociorum, published in Venice in 1608, […] is a bookseller's catalogue which does not merely include the output of the partnership of Giovanni Battista Ciotti and Bernardo Giunta, which in 1608 had only very recently been formed, but also the stock of the two partners before their agreement […]” (G. Granata, The collection of Monserrat Rosselló in the University Library of Cagliari, in: “Selling & Collecting. Printed Book Sale Catalogues and Private Libraries in Early Modern Europe”, G. Granata & A. Nuovo, eds., Macerata, 2018, p. 23).

“Son of Bernardo sr. and Dorotea Modesti, Bernardino Giunti was the nephew of Luc'Antonio jr., by far the most successful member of the Giunti family. Bernardino was born in Florence approximately in 1540. In 1570, he moved to Venice to start his activity as a bookseller-publisher. Once there, he participated in several partnerships with members of his family, receiving money from the Giunti of Florence to invest in his activity: in 1580, for instance, he received 1,500 ducats for this purpose. Bernardino published dozens of editions from 1585 onwards, but the most important period of his publishing activity took place from 1607 to 1615 in association with Giovan Battista Ciotti (and other, unnamed, partners, though we know that one of them was his nephew Modesto Giunti), with an output of more than one hundred editions. Bernardo was undoubtedly a well-respected publisher and bookman. He served in the Venetian Guild of Booksellers, Printers and Binders taking different official roles over the course of about forty years […] Bernardo Giunti appears to have distanced himself from the main office by founding a successful partnership with the innovative and aggressive publisher Giovan Battista Ciotti, and opening the extremely rich book shop in Venice (F. Ammannati & A. Nuovo, Investigating Book Prices in Early Modern Europe: Questions and Sources, in “JLIS.it 8, 3, September 2017, pp. 11, 18 and 20).

Giovanni Battista Ciotti's workshop and bookshop was based in Venice, but his foreign connections included publishers in Frankfurt, Cologne, Basel, and England. He also had several joint ventures with other printers in Italy, among which that with Bernardo Giunta was one of the most relevant (cf. D. Ciccarello, Buying and Selling in One Trip: Book Barter in Times of Trouble for Francesco Ciotti's Printing and Booselling House, in: “Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe”, S. Graheli, ed., Leiden, 2019, pp. 247-248).

Only 5 copies of this catalogue are known in public institutions, 3 in Italy and 2 in France.

Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\TO0E\007307 (3 copies: Biblioteca comunale Augusta, Perugia; Biblioteca storica della Provincia di Torino, Turin; Biblioteca civica Bertoliana, Vicenza); OCLC, 466721024 (2 copies: BnF, Paris; Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris); Pollard, pl. XV, p. 122; Catalogues de libraires BnF, no. 1314; USTC, 4034258.

 

In 12mo (mm. 128x74). Cc. [114]. Segnatura: A-I12 K6. Marca tipografica al titolo (figura coronata con scettro e giglio fiorentino). Cartonato originale ricoperto sui piatti e al dorso da due diverse carte marmorizzate di epoca posteriore (segni di tarlo ai contropiatti e ai risguardi). Sul titolo vi sono un piccolo disegno e la data manoscritta “Dic XV A. 1684”; sul verso si trova invece l'ex-libris a stampa “Proprietà Ragagli Filippo Mercatello”. Al recto del risguardo posteriore il possessore, che si firma “Ph. Ragagli”, ha steso un indice manoscritto delle diverse sezioni del libro (“Repertorium juxta Regestum Chartarum”). Segni di tarlo all'inizio e alla fine del volume.

  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum
  • Catalogus librorum qui prostant in bibliotheca Bernardi Iuntae, Io. Bapt. Ciotti, et sociorum