POGGIUS Florentinus (1380-1459). Historia Florentina, in Italian. Translated from Latin by Jacopo Poggio Bracciolini. Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 8 March 1476.
Median 2° (308 x 206mm). Collation: a10 b-c8 d-h10 i-k6 l-m10 n8 (a1 verse dedication by Jacopo Poggio, a3r books I-II, c8v blank, d1r books III-VI, l1r books VII-VIII, n7r colophon, n7v-8 blank). 115 (of 116, without final blank) leaves. 41 lines. Type: 1:113(110)R. 6- to 8-line initial spaces, a few with guide-letter. (Faint spotting.)
BINDING: French 18th-century olive-green morocco, triple fillet border on sides, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (light repairs at corners and head and foot of spine, few small scratches).
PROVENANCE: Duc de La Vallière (sale Paris, De Bure, 22 January - 22 March 1767, lot 4388) -- Count Justin de MacCarthy-Reagh (sale Paris, De Bure, 1779, lot 1202) -- Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (bookplate) -- the Hon. P. Ashburnham (bookplate) -- Xavier de Cervantes (bookplate) -- E.P. Goldschmidt (leather booklabel) -- Major A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate; sale Sotheby's Monaco, 7 October 1980, lot 1929) -- George Abrams (booklabel; sale Sotheby's, 16 November 1989, lot 99; £4200 to Pickering and Chatto) -- sale Christie's South Kensington, 5 July 1995, lot 187; £4,200 to Parikian.
FIRST EDITION of Poggio's history of the Florentine republic from 1350-1455, translated into Italian by Poggio's son. It is often accompanied by Bruni's Historiae Florentini populi, printed by Rubeus in a similar format one month earlier; the Duc de La Vallière owned a copy of each work, uniformly bound, and they were offered as separate lots in his 1767 sale (Bruni as lot 4389). FINE CONDITION. HC *13172; BMC V, 215 (IB. 20089); Goff P-873.