Dialogo de fortuna del magnifico cavalliero Antonio Phileremo Fregoso

Autore FREGOSO, Antonio (ca. 1444-1530).
Tipografo Niccolò Zoppino
Dati tipografici Venezia, 
Prezzo 1500.00
Dialogo de fortuna

8vo (152x101 mm). [32] leaves. Collation: A-D8. Large woodcut vignette on title page showing a nude Fortune raising a sail on choppy water. Colophon on l. D8r. Printer's device on last leaf verso. Early 20th-century red morocco, panels with triple gilt fillet, gilt title on spine, inside gilt dentelles, marbled endleaves. Some light foxing. A very good, wide-margined copy.

RARE EDITION, probably the fifth or sixth overall, a reprint of the second Zoppino edition of 1523, of this work on fortune, which first appeared in Milan in 1519 and was subsequently reprinted several times. The Dialogo is a poem in 18 ‘capitoli' written in the form of a philosophical-allegorical dialogue between Lancino Curti, Bartolomeo Simonetta and Fregoso himself. The discussion deals with the role and importance of fortune in human destiny, with the author supporting the Erasmian thesis that it is wise to believe in the role of fortune in man's life, and that this does not exclude, even if it deviates from, divine will.

Antonio Fregoso was likely born in Carrara, the illegitimate son of Spinetta, lord of the city and a member of the noble Genoese family of Fregoso, who did not have male heirs and decided to legitimate Antonio. After the latter's death in 1467, Antonio moved to Milan, where he entered the service of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, who granted him Milanese citizenship in 1472 and knighted him in 1478. For his services Antonio was gifted the fiefdom of Sannazzaro in Lomellina, which he later lost following the invasion of Louis XII. He then retired to private life in his villa in Colturano near Lodi, giving himself the name of Phileremo, or lover of solitude. Nevertheless, he continued frequenting the Milanese literary circles of the time, in particular that of Cecilia Gallerani and Ippolita Sforza Bentivoglio. He was also a friend of Lancino Curti, who dedicated a Latin epigram to him, Serafino Aquilano, Bernardino Corio, and Gaspare Visconti. Counting among his most memorable written works, all in verse, are the fairy tale Cerva Bianca (Milan, 1510) and two allegorical poems on the vanity of the world, Riso di Democrito (Milan, 1506) and Pianto di Heraclito (Milan, 1507), which were reprinted together several times with the title I doi filosofi (cf. A. Dobelli, L'opera letteraria di A.P. Fregoso, Modena, 1898, passim).

Edit 16, CNCE19882; Sander, 2934; Essling, 2093; Baldacchini, p. 183, no. 185.

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