SANSOVINO, Francesco (1521-1586). The Quintessence of Wit, being a corrant comfort of conceites, maximies, and poleticke devises. Translated from Italian by Robert Hitchcock (fl. 1580-1591). London: by Edward Allde, 1590.
4° (177 x 123mm). Black letter. Woodcut arms of Robert Hitchcock, the translator, on 2E2v. (Title torn with loss of the word 'The' and repaired with the the missing letters in manuscript facsimile, small portion of text lacking from 2F1 of the index and again supplied in skilful facsimile, some soiling of quire A, corners of the same quire creased, quire B with tattered corners, B1-2 cropped at lower margin affecting catch-letters and catch-words, outer margin of B4 rather dampstained and frail, some dampstaining at inner gutter, Q1 with paper fault at outer margin, closed tear across final leaf, 2F2.) Later 19th-century green morocco by A. Tarrant, spine lettered and dated in gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers (covers scuffed, fore-edge slightly soiled). Provenance: Early inscription on title (faded); £1-8-0 Willis & Sotheran, 1862 (note of purchase on front endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, variant issue without 'Octobris 28' in the imprint. The dedication to Robert Cecil is signed by Hitchcock who wrote primarily on military affairs, and suggested a scheme for developing the Newfoundland herring fisheries. His translation is of the first book of Sansovino's collection of proverbs, first published in Venice, 1583. Pforzheimer 853; STC 21744a.