7 July 2004
TASSO, Torquato (1544-1595). Rime et prose parte prima [seconda; terza]. Ferrara: Giulio Vasalini [for Vittorio Baldini], 1583.
Parts I-III in 3 volumes, 12° (134 x 70mm). Italic and roman type. Woodcut arms of Alfonsus II of Ferrara on titles. Woodcut historiated initials and other ornaments. (Last quires of vol. I wormed in gutter, vol. III with worming affecting text of quires L-N, and some light waterstaining of lower margins, without blank E6 in vol. III.)
BINDING: contemporary limp vellum for Jacques-Auguste de Thou [not later than 1587], sides blocked with De Thou's arms as a bachelor within frame of double fillets, flat spines gilt-lettered with title and his cypher 'IADT' twice repeated, gilt edges (stains on lower cover of vol. II, lower cover of vol. III slightly cockled). Cf. Olivier 216, fers 1, 2 and 3. Musea Nostra, p. 41.
PROVENANCE: Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617; binding. Bibl. Thuanae II, p. 304) -- Charles de Rohan, prince de Soubise (1715-1787; shelf mark '3.C.P.?J.3.R.39' on front pastedown of vol. I, repeated as '3.3.R.39' on front covers of vols. I and II and lower cover of vol. III. Bibl. Soubise, 1788, lot 5114) -- Robert Heathcote (note 'Heathcote's 2d sale [10 June] 1802 4.11.2d' on front free endpaper).
DE THOU'S ARMS AS A BACHELOR ON VELLUM IN VERY ATTRACTIVE, FRESH CONDITION. Brunet V 664, stating that this early edition of the Rime et prose eventually extended to 6 parts, 1583-87. Not in Adams or BLSTC 16th-century Italian. (3)
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