La Venetia Edificata: Poema eroico di Giulio Strozzi con gli argomenti del Sig. Francesco Cortesi.
Venice: Appresso Antonio Pinelli, 1624. Folio, engraved title-page,  pp. including a full-page portrait of Strozzi; 248 pp. including 24 full-page engraved plates (one to each canto);  pp. of index including a full-page plate of Fl. Aetius and Attila, and a fine printers woodcut on the final verso. Full speckled brown cats paw calf c. 1700, a very good copy with fine impressions of the plates. First complete edition (the 1621 edition has only the first 12 books), a rare and important book. Salloch noted of his copy (1969): A grand Baroque epic on the origin, foundation and early history of Venice. Its principal attraction are the fine plates which illustrate the story. We see Attila and his army, tents, ships, scenes of sieges and battles, the Venetians, men and women, all in the dress of the 17th century. The title, an allegory of Venice, including a view of the city and Venezia seated on a big lion, is by Valesio who also did the frontispiece portrait of the author. The first of the plates (Attila with his army coming down from the hills) is by Bernardo Castello; the others by unknown artists. Fine copy. Cicognara 1044; Graesse VI, 512.
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