Poesie liriche del Cavaliere Don Fulvio Testi all'Altezza Sereniss.ma del Prin.e Alfonso d'Este.

Autore TESTI, Fulvio (1593-1646).
Tipografo Giuliano Cassiani
Dati tipografici Modena, 1627
Prezzo 450.00

4to; contemporary limp vellum, endpapers renewed; (8), 221, (3) pp. The last leaf is a blank. Nice title-page engraved by Bartolomeo Coriolano. Printer's device at the end. Two tears anciently repaired without loss, otherwise a good genuine copy.
FIRST EDITION of count Fulvio Testi's rhymes. After this edition followed many reprints with small additions and changes. A second part was issued under Cassiani's press in 1645, and a third one appeared in 1648 after the poet's death.
The collection includes poems addressed to noblemen and poets such as Alessandro Tassoni, and other poems in praise of the solitary life against the court life, in praise of wine and of his beloved Cinzia (cf. Poesia del Seicento, C. Muscetta & P.P. Ferrante, eds., Turin, 1964, pp. 951-960).
Fulvio Testi, born in Ferrara, has been the main Italian classicist poet of his time. Serving the Duke of Este as a diplomat, he was appointed with the highest charges. From 1640 to 1642 he was governor of Garfagnana. He opposed Spain and was therefore in favour of the Savoy and France. In 1646 he was charged with betrayal and sent to prison where he died soon after (cf. G. de Castro, Fulvio Testi e le corti italiane nella prima metà  del XVII secolo, 1875, passim).
Catalogo unico, ITICCUFERE 02847; Michel, VIII, p. 45.