London, South Kensington
2 June 1998
GIAMBOLOGNA -- [SERMARTELLI, Michelangelo]. Alcune composizioni di diversi autori in lode del ritratto della Sabina. Scolpito in marmo [da] Giovanni Bologna, posto nella Piazza del...Gran Duca di Toscana. Florence: Bartolomeo Sermartelli, 1583.
4°. 3 full-page woodcut illustrations (the Piazza della Signoria and two views of the sculpture, each with Latin elegiac couplets written underneath in a contemporary hand), large woodcut initials and typographical headpieces, with the final blank. (Light spotting, crease-marks.) Late 18th-century boards (slightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of this collection of laudatory verses by, inter alios, Ottavio Rinuccini, Bernardo Davanzati and Bernardo Vecchietti (the instigator of the present work) to celebrate Giambologna's marble statue of the Rape of a Sabine which had been unveiled in January 1583 in the Loggia de Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria. The woodcut of the Piazza shows the position of the existing statues and also contains a key to identify them as well as giving the name of their creators. Mortimer, Harvard Italian 478; Cicognara 1016.
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