Epistolarum familiarium libri IIII
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Epistolarum familiarium libri IIII

Autore: RICCI, Bartolomeo (1489-1569

Dati tipografici: Ferrara Valente Panizza, 1562

8vo. (8), 102, (2) ll. (the last is a blank). A8, A-N8. With the woodcut arms of Giovanni Battista Campeggi, bishop of Majorca. Contempoary limp vellum. With a note on the title-page reading: “Dono dedit impressor (given as gift by the printer). Bonaventura Angeli Ferrariensis”. Bonaventura Angeli (fl. 2nd half of the 16th century), a native of Ferrara, was a historian and the author of La Historia della città di Parma (Parma, Viotti, 1591) (cf. G. Tiraboschi, Storia della letteratura italiana, Napoli, 1781, VII/2, p. 284).

Edit 16, CNCE 28336; G. Antonelli, Bibliografia Ricciana, ossia catalogo bibliografico delle opere di Bartolomeo Ricci da Lugo, (Ferrara, 1841), p. 29.


FIRST EDITION. A first collection of Ricci's correspondence was published at Bologna in 1560 in eight books (see item no. XXX). The present edition, opening with a dedication letter to the bishop of Majorca, Giovanni Battista Campeggi (dated December 18, 1561), contains 137 letters, which were written in a period spanning from November 1557 (when the printing of Ricci's first collection of letters was started) until December 1562.


Carolus Austrius [Carlos, Prince of Asturias] (l. 1r)

Campeggi, Girolamo (l. 3r)

Cuspio, Tommaso (l. 3v)

Malvezzi, Ercole (l. 5r)

Paleotti, Camillo. Ferrara, November 17, 1557 (l. 5v)

id. (l. 6v)

id. (l. 9r)

id. (l. 10r)

Bolognetti, Francesco (l. 10v)

id. Ferrara, September 5, 1556 (l. 11r)

Locatelli, Giovanni Antonio (l. 12r)

id. (l. 13v)

id. (l. 14r)

id. (l. 14v)

Bertolaio, Silvio (l. 15r)

Beroio, Tullio (l. 15v)

id. (l. 17r)

id. (l. 17v)

Regolo, Sebastiano (l. 18v)

id. (l. 10r)

id. (l. 19v)

id. Quarsitano, June 22, n.y. (l. 20r)

id. (l. 24)

[Ricci], Camillo. Cosandolo (l. 24v)

id. (l. 24v)

Gambara, Lorenzo. Ferrara (l. 25r)

[Ricci], Camillo (l. 26v)

id. (l. 27r)

id. (l. 27r)

id. Venezia (l. 27v)

id. Quartisano, July 7, 1557 (l. 28r)

id. (28v)

id. Ferrara, November 28, 1557 (l. 31r)

id. Ferrara, December 18, 1557 (l. 31v)

Mercante, Pietro (l. 31v)

Invizio, Jacopo (l. 32r)

Giacobeo, Serafino (l. 32v)

Reseci, Fabrizio (l. 33r)

Manzolio, Benedetto. Quartisano (l. 34r)

id. September 3, 1561 (l. 35v)

id. (l. 36r)

Manzolio, Benedetto (l. 36v)

Benintendi, Pietro; Bergonzi, Bernardo; and Leoni, Paolo (l. 40v)

Paganucci, Lucio (l. 41v)

Speroni, Sperone (l. 42r)

Ruffini, Giacomo (l. 42v)

from Flaminio, [Marco] Antonio. Ferrara, June 13 (l. 43r)

Ruffini, Giacomo (l. 43v)

Bertoni, Bartolomeo. Ferrara (l. 44r)

Rondinelli, Giovanni (l. 45r)

Corner, Francesco (l. 45r)

Corner, Giacomo. Ferrara, February 23, 1560 (l. 45v)

Amaseo, Pompilio (l. 46r)

Cepalio, Govanni (l. 47r)

Tassoni, Ercole (l. 47v)

Cavalcanti, Bartolomeo (l. 49r)

Antoniano, Silvio (l. 50r)

id. (l. 50v)

id. (l. 51v)

id. (l. 52r)

id. (l. 52r)

id. (l. 53v)

id. (l. 54r)

id. (l. 54v)

id. Bologna, October 15, 1557 (l. 56v)

id. (l. 57v)

id. (l. 59r)

id. February 20, n.y. (l. 60r)

id. Bologna, October 26, 1557 (l. 61r)

id. Bologna (l. 62v)

id. Bologna (l. 63r)

Frizoli, Lorenzo (l. 63v)

id. (l. 65r)

id. Ferrara, March 15, 1561 (l. 66r)

Toniano, Francesco (l. 66v)

Ochio, Lorenzo (l. 67v)

Paleario, Aonio (l. 67v)

Boccarini, Dario (l. 68r)

Milani, Basilio. Ferrara (l. 68v)

Lollio, [Alberto] (l. 69r)

id. (l. 69v)

Sabelli, Lazzaro (l. 70r)

Robortelli, Francesco (l. 70v)

Cartari, Vincenzo (l. 71r)

Tombesi, Sulpizio (l. 71v)

Ottoboni, [Gianfrancesco] (l. 72r)

Corner, Andrea (l. 73r)

Corner, Giorgio (l. 73v)

Gisleri, Filippo (l. 74r)

Gessi, Lanfranco (l. 74v)

Corner, Marco Antonio (l. 75r)

Stella, Onorio (l. 75v)

Ramusio, Giovanni Barrista (l. 76v)

Ramusio, Paolo (l. 77r)

Peregrino, Giovanni Marino (l. 78r)

Angelini, Angelo (l. 78v)

Braschi, Filippo and Savorelli, [Filippo?] (l. 79r)

Braschi, Filippo (l. 79v)

id. (l. 80v)

Zanelli, Niccolò (l. 81v)

id. (l. 81v)

Racchi, Francesco (l. 82r)

Rondinelli, Giovanni Antonio (l.83r)

Ravani, Giovanni Girolamo (l. 83v)

id. (l. 84r)

Sorbi, Jacopo (l. 84v)

Zavarisio, Giovnni Battista (l. 85r)

Ferrari, Antonio (l. 85r)

Bovio, Giovanni Battista (l. 85v)

Sali, Bartolomeo (l. 86r)

Abiosi, Ottavio. Ferrara, October 7, 1562 (l. 86r)

Briccio, Sebastiano (l. 87v)

id. (l. 87v)

id. (l.88r)

Ferrari, Crispo (l 88v)

Manuzio, Paolo. Ferrara (l. 89r)

Sigonio, Carlo (l. 90r)

Loredan, Bernardo (l. 90v)

Vitriano, Giovanni (l. 91v)

Mirolio, Ettore. Ferrara, September 23, 1562 (l. 92r)

Porzio, Silvio. Ferrara, August 2, 1558 (l. 92v)

Martelli, Francesco (l. 94r)

Barbaro, Luigi. April 2, n.y. (l. 95r)

Zoppio, Girolamo (l. 95r)

Mosti, Tommaso (l. 96r)

Durello, Luigi (l. 97r)

id. (l. 97r)

id. (l. 97v)

id. (l. 98v)

Ferrari, Antonio. Ferrara (l. 99r)

Gambaronio, Marco Antonio (l. 99v)

Zafaleoni, Ippolito. Ferrara, September 5, 1562 (l. 100r)

id. (l. 100v)

id. (l. 101r)

Frizzolio, Lorenzo (l. 101v)

Vitriano, Giovanni. Ferrara (l. 101v)

Tiresio. December 13, 1562 (l. 102r)


The main sources for the life of Bartolomeo Ricci are his three collections of letters: the present one, Epistolarum ad Herculem Atestium ac ad reliquos Atestios libri duo (Venezia, 1554), and Epistolarum familiarum libri IV (Ferrara, 1562, see item no. XXX).

Bartolomeo, born at Lugo (Ravenna) in March 1489, was the son of Cornelio Ricci, a member of a declining noble family. He had his first instruction from Urbano Rassetti. Between 1513 and 1520 he continued his studies in Padua and Venice, where he met Andrea Navagero, who recommended him to Marcus Musurus and who introduced him to the Latin culture. In the same period he also attended in Bologna the lessons of Romolo Amaseo. From 1521 to 1525 he lived as a school teacher in Cittadella, then became tutor in the house of the Venetian nobleman Giovanni Corner (1525-1535), brother of Caterina, the former queen of Cyprus. In 1532, during a fire that destroyed the Corner palace, Ricci lost the manuscript of his first major work, the Apparatum latinae locutionis, which was almost ready for print. It took him one year to rewrite the text and it was finally published in 1533. Two years later he was invited to teach literature in Lugo. After a short stay of a year there he decided to move to Ravenna, where he remained until 1539. During a serious illness in 1538 he wrote to Paolo Manuzio entrusting him with the publication of his writings, and he also gave his library to Agostino Albiosi. In 1539 Celio Calcagnini secured him an appointment at the court of Ferrara as tutor of Alfonso, son of Ercole II d'Este, to whom he wrote a letter explaining the teaching methods he hoped to employ, based on the personality of the pupil.

In Ferrara Ricci became one of the main protagonists of the local cultural life, which rotated around the Accademia degli Elevati and later the Accademia dei Filareti. He met and had cultural exchanges with all the major humanists who populated the town in the 1540's and 1550's, like Alberto Lollio, Celio Calcagnini, Lilio Gregorio Giraldi, Giovanni Battista Giraldi Cinzio, Ercole Bentivoglio, Bartolomeo Ferrini, Vincenzo Maggi, and Silvio Antoniani, later appointed secretary to Carlo Borromeo. Soon after his arrival, he expressed his view on Ciceronianism in his most important work, the treatise De imitatione, printed by Paolo Manuzio in 1541 and again, in an enlarged edition, in 1549. In this work, praised by Roger Ascham in The Schoolmaster, he took up a theme already developed by Angelo Poliziano and Pietro Bembo, arguing that imitation was not a mechanical exercise, but a vital link between the individual and the past.

While living in Ferrara, Ricci remained in correspondence with the friends he had known in the past years in Padua, Venice, and Bologna: Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Marcantonio Flaminio, Pietro Aretino, Giulio Cesare Scaligero, Paolo Manuzio, Benedetto Ramberti, Giulio Camillo Delminio, Benedetto Lampridio, Luigi Priuli, Sperone Speroni, Aonio Paleario, and many others. Ricci aspired unsuccessfully to the position of court historian, that had been assigned to Gaspare Sardi before him and then to Giovanni Battista Giraldi Cinzio, Girolamo Falletti, and Giovanni Battista Pigna. Ricci spent his last years teaching privately at home and as a tutor of Luigi d'Este. He died in Ferrara in 1569 (cf. A. Lazzari, op. cit., passim).

Epistolarum familiarium libri IIII