London, South Kensington
2 June 1998
Canzone per li Sig. Calcianti Bianchi. Florence: Cristofano Marescotti, 1610. Broadsheet (248 x 300m). In 7 stanzas with large opening historiated initial. Woodcut interlace border and type ornaments. (Upper part of border with 2 sections cut away, tear along one fold and small hole to another.) Unusually, the verso is not blank but printed with another text, headed:
Prohibitione del Givoco di Carte della primiera detto bolea e pari e dispari, issued by the same publisher , date of proclamation 18 September 1607, signed by Donato Rossia, woodcut Medici arms.
Folding into marbled boards backed in green calf. Provenance: Piero Ginori Conti (bookplate and crest to spine).
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