SPINO, Pietro. Historia della vita et fatti dell' eccellentissimo capitano di guerra Bartolomeo Coglione. [Venice: Gratioso Percaccino, 1569.]
4°. Engraved title within architectural border, engraved portrait on recto of A4 and 2 plates. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces, and historiated initials. (Cb3-F1 wormed at lower margin, lower border of portrait and the 2 plates slightly affected, upper margin wormed from 2I3 to end, occasional thumb-soiling and marginal staining.) Contemporary sheep decorated in blind, covers with ruled and roll-tool borders of flowers and medallions surrounding small central armorial, spine in 5 compartments with raised bands, later paper label in one, the remainder with repeated fleuron (discoloured, rubbing to joints and extremities), title in manuscript on fore-edge.
FIRST EDITION. Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400-75), Italian solder of fortune, was still a child when his father was murdered in his castle of Trezzo by Filippo Maria Visconti, duke of Milan. The wandering Colleoni entered the services of various "condottieri" and, at the age of 32, was serving the Venetian republic under the command of Francesco Maria Gonzaga. He continued to serve the Venetians under Erasmo da Narni (known as Gattamelata) and Francesco A. Sforza, winning battles at Brescia, Verona and on the lake of Garda. Peace was made between Milan and Venice in 1441, and Coleoni went over to the Milanese together with Sforza in 1443. But in 1448 he took leave of Sforza and returned to the Venetians. Disgusted at not having been elected captain-general, he went over to Sforza once more, but Venice could not do without him and in 1455 he was appointed captain-general of the republic for life. He has been called "the most respectable" of Italian "condottieri", for though he often changed sides, no act of treachery or rapine is imputed to him. After his death, his equestrian statue was made by Verocchio, and placed opposite the hospital of St. Mark in Venice. Adams P1601.