LUTIO DA TREVI, Francesco. Libro darme & damore chiamato Gisberto da Mascona. Perugia: Girolamo di Francesco Cartolari, 1521.
4° (208 x 150mm). Large title woodcut signed Eustachius (Celebrino), woodcut opening text, and 13 column-width cuts. Text in two columns. (Some light soiling, a few corners neatly restored, small stain in a few leaves, last leaf torn with substantial loss.) 19th-century blue polished calf, gilt fillets to sides, gilt spine and turn-ins, gilt edges, by Charles Lewis (note on flyleaf, dated 1824, with price 18s). Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833, notes on flyleaf, acquired at Sotheby's, 7 July 1847 for £13: "a work of the greatest rarity and curiosity"); Count Gaetano Melzi (notes on flyleaf); Charles Fairfax Murrary (booklabel, notes).
ONE OF ONLY TWO COPIES recorded of this Tuscan chivalric romance in verse, the other being at the Bibliotheca Colombina. Essling reproduces the fine title cut by Eustachio Celebrino (III, p.116, with incorrect date 1511). An artist, author, and calligrapher born at Udine about 1480, he supplied woodcuts to presses at Perugia and Venice as well as producing his own books (see S. Morison, Eustachio Celebrino da Udene, New York: 1929). Melzi and Tosi, p.195 (citing this copy); Sander 4067; Essling IV, p.116; Biblioteca Colombina IV, p.364.