PIGNA Giovanni Battista – Historia De Principi Di Este Di Gio. Batt. Pigna – 1570


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PIGNA Giovanni Battista – Historia de Principi di Este di Gio. Batt. Pigna, a donno Alfonso Secondo, Duca di Ferrara. Primo volume. Nel quale si contengono congiuntamente le cose principali della rivolutione del Romano Imp. in fino al M. CCCC. LXXVI. – 1570. in Ferrara, appresso Francesco Rossi Stampator Ducale. Full parchment with handwritten titles on the spine; quarto, 34.7 cm; pp. (8) 635 (119 of various tables and genealogical trees); minimal tears on the binding, small and absolutely irrelevant woodworm holes in the inner margin, rare blooms and water gore, overall a good copy with papers that are still fresh, crunchy and rustling. Title page with woodcut vignette that reproduces the coats of arms of the Princes of Este; stamp belonging to the old library of Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Cardinali in the lower margin of the title page; to the back of the title page it is applied the ex-libris by Archbishop Francesco Vitelli; woodcut talking caps and editorial glosses in the margins. Rare first edition of the History of the Este Princes of Pigna, of which only this first volume was published. This copy is also embellished with references to the important previous owners: Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Imperiali (as per the stamp on the title page) and Archbishop Francesco Vitelli (as per the ex-exlibris applied to the back of the title page). Work with a dedication to Alfonso II d’Este where Pigna traces the intention to have this first volume followed by another of equal size, the latter effort that will not take place due to the premature death of the Author. Splendid and clean editorial composition of Francesco Rossi’s presses that give us a work with wide margins, with the magnificent woodcut of arms on the title page, talking drop caps and numerous comments in the margins of the text. The Historia closes with 60 papers of very copious tables and genealogical trees on the descendants of Este (in one case expanded by an anonymous handwritten note); finally, the errors, the register and the inquisitorial visa