Venice: Andrea Arrivabene, 1557.
12mo, (60), 259, [260, colophon with woodcut]pp. Original stiff vellum, backstrip lettered in gilt, small split along label, very early ink inscriptions on title and verso (faded) and a modern one at the end.
§ A pretty little edition of this immensely popular book, a foundational work of Italian literature. The "Prose" had fundamental importance in the linguistic discussions of the sixteenth century, proposing Florentine as a literary language for the entire peninsula of Italy, that is, giving dignity to the vernacular, making it equal for regularity to Latin. Pietro Bembo (Venice 1470-Rome 1547) was an illustrious scholar and historian and had a complex and intense life from a cultural and human point of view. Scarce in commerce -- no copies online as of 8/2023 and only 4 in RBH in the last 20 years. Adams B574; Censimento 16 CNCE 5053. Item #125880