RINGHIERI, Innocenzio (16th-century). Cento giochi liberali, e d'ingegno, novellamente ritrovati, e in dieci libri descritti. Bologna: Anselmo Giaccarelli, 1551. 4° (201 x 152mm). Large woodcut device on title, smaller one at end. (Occasional light soiling and some small stains, somewhat washed, last leaf with printer's device remargined and possibly supplied from another copy, without final blank.) Red morocco by Brugalla, 1948, gilt supralibros within blind-stamped border, gilt spine-lettering, turn-ins and edges. Provenance: purchased from José Porter, 1952.
FIRST EDITION of one of the most celebrated Renaissance books on courtly intellectual entertainment, dedicated to Cathérine de Médicis and containing chapters on palmistry, chess, hunting, fishing, playing-cards and music. The chapter on painting mentions some thirty artists including Michelangelo, Mantegna, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Adams R564; Brunet IV, 1268.