[CROCE, Giulio Cesare (1550-1609)]. Bertoldo con Bertoldino e Cacasenno in ottava rima. Bologna: Lelio dalla Volpe, 1736.
2 parts in one volume, 4° (285 x 207mm). Engraved frontispiece and 20 plates by Lodovico Mattioli, folding engraved and letterpress table, large printer's device on title, oval author portrait vignette, 16 tailpieces. (Frontispiece and title torn without loss, repaired in frontispiece, and on guards with small marginal stain, occasional light spotting, short tear in plate 13 without loss.) Contemporary vellum, red leather spine label. Provenance: unidentified armorial bookplate.
These metrical versions by G.P. Riva, P.B. Balbi, G.P. Zanotti and others are based on the comic novel of Giulio Cesare Croce. His story of a crafty peasant and his simpleton son Bertoldino, was so popular than a Bolognese abbot, Adriano Banchieri (1565-1634), created a son for Bertoldino, Cacasenno. The story is full of proverbs and folk wisdom; the present version includes the commentary by Giovanni Andrea Barotti. Gamba 2156; Brunet I, 820.
[G.C. CROCE]. Bertoldo con Bertoldino e cacasenno in ottava rima ... quarta impressione di Bologna. Bologna: Lelio dalla Volpe, 1737. 12° (163 x 90mm). Engraved printer's device, frontispiece, author portrait, and 20 plates by G. Cantarelli, G. Fabri, Guadri, and Pisari. (Lacking one leaf (pp.145-6), some light spotting, a few tears repaired without loss.) 19th-century sheep-backed boards. Provenance: Count Gaetano Melzi (ascription on front pastedown). Brunet I, 820. (2)