19 December 2002
VERDIZOTTI, Giovanni Mario. Cento favole morali. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1570.
4o. Architectural woodcut title border with Ziletti's device, woodcut of an astrologer and 100 woodcut illustrations by Verdizotti. (Lacks text leaf C7, L7 torn with old repair, several leaves reinforced along inner margin, some light worming.) Old vellum. Provenance: Antonio M. Fagnola (early ownership inscription on verso of title).
FIRST EDITION of Verdizotti's fables; he is mainly remembered for his friendship with Titian. "Ziletti notes that Verdizotti made use of Gabriello Faerno's Fabulae centum (Rome, 1563). Faerno's hundredth fable is that of the man, the boy, and the donkey, used by Verdizotti to preface his collection. The Faerno engravings are said to be after Titian, and some of Verdizotti's designs are also attributed to Titian." Adams V-401; Brunet V:1130; Mortimer Italian 523.
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