Rime, et prose di M. Giovanni della Casa

Autore DELLA CASA, Giovanni (1503-1556).
Tipografo Nicol Bevilacqua ad istanza di Erasmo Gemini
Dati tipografici Venezia, 
Prezzo 4500.00
Rime, et prose

First edition of the celebrated Galateo

4to (230x165 mm). [12], 170, [2] pp. Collation: a4 b2 A-X4 Y2. Roman type. Woodcut ornaments on title page. 18th-century vellum over boards, double morocco label (red and dark brown) on spine with title and typographical data in gilt. On the front pastedown the manuscript pressmark “9.4.14”. Some staining and foxing, very slight and uniformed browning, all in all a good, wide-margined copy.

FIRST EDITION of the famous Galateo by Giovanni Della Casa. The treatise enjoyed immense success and was translated into all major languages. The early editions contain the first version of the text. Della Casa worked on a revision of it, which was published by G. Cugnoni in Rome only in 1889 (cf. A. Santosuosso, The bibliography of Giovanni della Casa, Florence, 1979, p. 75).

The Galateo is one of the most famous and influential courtesy books of the 16th century. It was written by Della Casa between 1551 and 1555 in the form of advice given by an old gentleman to a young student, “et qui passa longtemps pour le livre en prose italienne le mieux écrit après le Decameron de Boccace” (J. Balsamo, De Dante à Chiabrera, p. 211). The Galateo was named after Galeazzo Florimonte, Bishop of Sessa, with whom Della Casa had long conversations in 1550 on such topics and who first suggested to him that he should write the treatise (cf. S. Carrai, Introduzione, in: “G. Della Casa, Rime et prose-Latina monimenta”, Rome, 2006, pp. I-XXXII).

A. Santosuosso, The bibliography of Giovanni della Casa, Florence, 1979, p. 33, no. 19; Adams, C-806; A.A. Renouard, Annales de l'imprimérie des Aldes, Paris, 1834, pp. 175-176, no. 15; Edit 16, CNCE16461; Index Aureliensis, 132.788.

  • Rime, et prose
  • Rime, et prose
  • Rime, et prose