CAVALCA, Domenico (d. 1342). Frutti della lingua. Florence: Lorenzo Morgiani and Johannes Petri, 4 September 1493.
Chancery 2° (275 x 203mm). Collation: a-f8.6 g6; h i K l-o6 (a1r title with woodcut, a1v blank, a2r prologue, a3r text, o5r colophon, o5v blank, o6r register, 06v blank). 90 leaves. 38 lines, double column. Type: 2,6:130G (title); 1:110R. Title woodcut (182 x 126mm.) of Christ in glory. Woodcut white-on-black and Lombard initials. (Marginal waterstains slightly affecting text, some spotting, chiefly marginal but all over on a few leaves, heavier stain restricted to upper margin of later quires, e1 with slight paper fault.) 19th-century sheep, covers with blind-tooled foliate border, large central rosette and smaller corner-pieces, blind-tooled spine in compartments (lightly rubbed and scuffed, inner hinges split). Provenance: Walter Ashburner (ownership stamps; sold Milan, Ulrico Hoepli, 26 August 1938, lot 41).
FIRST EDITION. Written after 1333, this work is often regarded as a sequel to the Pungilingua of Cavalca, an early writer in the vernacular; an undated edition was also printed in Florence by Bartolommeo di Libri, about 1494. The imprint of Morgiani and Petri appears on books published between 8 October, 1490, and 22 February, 1496. The fine title cut of Christ in a mandorla had previously been used, along with two others, in their 1491 edition of Bettini's Monte Santo di Dio; all three cuts were copied from copper engravings in the 1477 edition of Bettini's work. H 4779; GW 6400; BMC VI, 682 (IB. 27795); Polain (B) 1051; IGI 2624; Sander I, 1848; Kristeller Florentine Woodcuts 96b; Dyson Perrins Italian Books 74; Goff C-331.