[POLITI, Lancillotto, pseud. (Ambrogio Catarino POLITO)]. La sconficta di Monte Aperto. Siena: Symeon Nicolai Nardi, 28 April 1502.
4° (202 x 132mm). Large woodcut on title-page of the Virgin protecting the city of Siena within a white-on-black border. (Lightly browned throughout, short tear in the fore-margin of the last leaf.) Red morocco gilt by Bedford, g.e. Provenance: Baron Horace de Landau (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Polito's lively account of the crushing victory gained by the Sienese over the Florentines and their Guelf allies at the Battle of Montaperti in September 1260. It is the first book printed by Symeon Nardi; he reused the woodcut view of Siena in a 1505 Brevissima introduction ad litteras graecas (cf. Mortimer, Harvard French 89). Adams C-1097; Brunet IV, 719 ("ouvrage rare"); Sander 5806 and pl.700.