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1 BENCI, Spinello (ca.1565-16??) Storia di Montepulciano… Dedicata al Sereniss. Principe Giovancarlo di Toscana, di nuouo Ristampata, Ampliata, e Ricorretta. Libri Sei
Florence: Amador Massi 1646 hardcover 4to. [16], 153 pp. Engraved title-page coat of arms, full-page woodcut portrait of Lars Porsenna, errata, woodcut initials, head 
Florence:: Amador Massi. 1646. hardcover. 4to. [16], 153 pp. Engraved title-page coat of arms, full-page. woodcut portrait of Lars Porsenna, errata, woodcut initials,. headpieces, and tailpieces; light foxing to final two pages.. Nineteenth-century quarter vellum over marbled paper-backed boards,. gilt-stamped leather spine label; label worn. Bookplate of Bernadine. Murphy, book label at spine’s foot. Fine copy.. FAMOUS FOR MONTEPULCIANO WINE – PRAISED BY BACCHUS! SECOND EDITION, expanded and corrected from the first of 1641, of “the most authoritative work on Montepulciano’s history” (Crociani-Windland, p. 15). The full-page woodcut portrait depicts Lars Porsenna, a semi-legendary Etruscan king from the 6th century B.C.E. “Interurban Tuscan rivalry that for some decades had hinged on claims to Etruscan origins” caused the citizens of Montepulciano to commission Renaissance sculptor Andrea Sansovino (1460- 1529) to create a colossus of this king in terracotta in the early sixteenth century (Wood, p. 169). The prestigious format of the colossus, as well as the unusual medium of terracotta, leant the figure “an archaic flavor” (Wood, p. 169). “Sansovino’s colossus had evidently already been reduced to a bust when Spinello Benci, secretary to the Medici, cited and reproduced it in woodcut as the frontispiece to his history of Montepulciano…. Benci knew that Sansovino was the author of the statue; he describes it as a ‘memorial’ erected by the town to its founder. And yet the work figures in his account almost as if it were contributing to the claim, dear to him, of an ancient Etruscan presence in Montepulciano. It was as if the fact that the citizens of Montepulciano had commissioned a memorial in the early sixteenth century rendered the myth of Etruscan origins a little more probably. The folk of the sixteenth century, after all, were just that much closer to antiquity, or so Benci implies; the old traditions were perhaps still intact then, the invisible lines of communication to the deepest past still open. Modernity, by contrast, our own mid-seventeenth century, Benci seems to be saying, is forever cut off from the living past and has to make do with mere scholarship” (Wood, p. 169). Benci extolls the wine of Montepulciano (p.3), accepting literally Livy’s explanation for the Gallic invasion of Rome—that Aruns, an exile, sought revenge on his people and persuaded the Senonian Gauls to invade by bringing them samples of wine so delicious that they could not resist—saying, “These wines were so pleasing to the palate of the barbarians, that they were induced to quit the rich and teeming valley of the Po, to cross the Apennines, and move in battle array against Chiusi. And it is clear that the wine which Aruns selected for the purpose was the same as that which is produced to this day at Montepulciano. For nowhere else in the Etruscan district can wines of equally generous quality and fiery spirit be found, so adapted for export and capable of such long preservation” (Benci in Symonds, p. 94). “The Benci were a great people in their native town. Fabian Benci in the fifteenth century was nuncio in Poland, in Hungary, and to the Republic of Genoa. Spinello and Sinulfo Benci were, in the sixteenth century, the two first bishops of Montepulciano; and another Spinello Benci, in the next century, was secretary to Leo the Tenth, and to another of the Pope’s family, John Charles Medici, after cardinal, son of the Grand Duke John Gaston” (Goldie, p. 43). “Montepulciano, in the fourteenth century, fell under the power of the Sienese, but it became free in 1538. In the fifteenth century the Florentines possessed it, but by a sudden rising in 1495 the inhabitants threw off their yoke, and put themselves under the protection of the Sienese. In 1510, the famous Nicholas Machiavelli came as ambassador to Siena to demand back, in the name of Florence, the town of Montepulciano. The place was given up by an agreement which was approved by the citizens” (Goldie, p. 43). PROVENANCE: Bookplate of Bernadine Murphy Donahue (1904-1968), a prominent California Catholic philanthropist who married Daniel Donahue in 1954 and established the Daniel Murphy Foundation in 1957 in memory of her father, to promote Roman Catholic causes. “So helpful to the Church was the foundation that Pope John XXIII conferred on Bernardine the title of ‘Papal Countess,’ the only title given to an American during his pontificate. Several years later, Pope Paul VI conferred on Daniel the title, ‘Gentleman of His Holiness,’ the highest award bestowed on a layman in the Church, and the first such Award ever given to an American. The Countess died unexpectedly in 1968” (Burks). Burks, Lisa. “Bernadine Murphy Donahue.” Find A Grave Memorial #16920718, 2006. Available on-line. Crociani-Windland, Lita. Festivals, Affect and Identity: A Deleuzian Apprenticeship in Central Italian Communities. New York: Anthem Press, 2011; Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 8 (1966) [Benci]; Goldie, F. “The Birthplace of Cardinal Bellarmine.” Month and Catholic Review. Vol. III. No. XXII (1874): 37-44 pp.; Symonds, John Addington. Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece. Vo. 3. London: Smith, Elder, 1900; Wood, Christopher. “The Credulity Problem.” Early Modern Antiquarianism in Europe and China. Eds. Peter Miller and François Louis. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2012. 149-179 pp. . 1 
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2 BORGHINI, Vincenzio (1515-1580). Discorsi di Monsignore Don Vincenzio Borghini. Al Serenissimo Francesco Medici Gran Duca di Toscana. Parte Prima [-Seconda]. Recati à Luce da’ Deputati per suo Testamento. Con la tavole delle cose piu notabili.
Florence: Filippo & Jacopo Giunti, 1 4-1585 hardcover 2 volumes. 4to. The pagination is known, in this book, to be full of miss-paginations: signatures: vol. 1: [dagger] 4 A-Z 4 Aa-P 
Florence:: Filippo & Jacopo Giunti, 1. 4-1585. hardcover. 2 volumes. 4to. The pagination is known, in this book, to be full of. miss-paginations: signatures: vol. 1: [dagger] 4 A-Z 4 Aa-Pp 4 Qq-. Rr 8 Ss-Tt 2 Aaa-Mmm 8 Nnn 4 [G2 missigned F2; Rr8 blank; Ss1-Tt2 are. plates (Ss1 and 2 are double sided)]; vol. 2: [pi] 2 A-Z 4 Aa-Vu 4. [double dagger] 2 Aaa-Zzz 4 Aaaa-Kkkk 4 ²A-²G 4 [S2, Kk2 missigned. R2, K2]. ¶ Woodcut arms of Francesco de’Medici and Bianca Cappello on. title of vol. I and the Giuntine lily device on title of volume II. (repeated in larger form at the end of each volume), portrait of. Borghini on verso of title of volume II, Coats of arms, 8 engraved. plates on 7 sheets, 5 folding, with the blank Rr8 in volume I, added. title-page (vol. II); some minor stained, light foxing, occasional. browning. Original full velum with manuscript spine titles and. additional inscriptions on both front covers; cover stain, some light. wear. Bookplate of Bernardine Murphy; early ownership inscription. (1597). Very good copy.. FIRST EDITION of Borghini’s Discorsi on the history of Florence prepared at the request of Cosimo de’Medici in connection with the painting of historical scenes in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in the Palazzo Vecchio. Twenty years earlier Borghini had organized the festivities for the marriage of Francesco de’Medici to Joanna of Austria, an enterprise in which he had co-operated with Giorgio Vasari. Printed by Filippo and Giacomo Giunta of Florence. “… the best known of his works, and that which did him the most honor, is that intituled, Discorsi di M. Vincenzo Borghini, printed at Florence 1584 and 1585, in two vols. 4to. and reprinted at the same place I 1755, with annotations. He here treats the origin of Florence, and of several interesting particulars of its history, of its families, of its coins, &c. Borghini died in 1680, after having refused, through humility, the archbishopric of Pisa, which was offered to him some time before his death. – William Tooke, William Beloe, Robert Nares, A new and general biographical dictionary: containing an ... of the most eminent persons … vol. II, (1798), pp. 476-477. See: Censimento B3266; Goldsmiths’ – Kress library of economic literature; British Museum STC Italian, 1465-1600, p. 120; Mortimer, R. Italian 16th century, 83. Not in Adams. See also: C. E. Dekesel, Bibliotheca nummaria: bibliography of 16th century numismatic books: illustrated and annotated catalogue, (1997), p. 138. J.R. Woodhouse, “Borghini’s Theory of the Decay of Tuscan,” Studi secenteschi, 12 (1971), pp. 101-15. J.R. Woodhouse, “Vincenzo Borghini and the Continuity of the Tuscan Linguistic Tradition,” Italian Studies, 22, 1967, pp. 26-42; Alfredo Perifano, Pierre Nobel, Frank La Brasca, La transmission des savoirs au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance: Volume I, (2005), p. 400; Giovanni Cipriani, Gli obelischi egizi: politica e cultura nella Roma barocca – (1993), p. 89. . 2 First Edition. 
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3 BURTON, Sir Richard F. Etruscan Bologna: a study.
London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1876 hardcover Sm. 8vo. xii, 275, [1] pp. Folding pull-out frontispiece printed in sepia, wood block illus. throughout, index. Errata. Original 
London:: Smith, Elder & Co.. 1876. hardcover. Sm. 8vo. xii, 275, [1] pp. Folding pull-out frontispiece printed in. sepia, wood block illus. throughout, index. Errata. Original. gray/lavender black-stamped Etruscan decorative motif to upper and. lower edges of front & back covers (Penzer calls this a first issue. point) cloth with gilt Temple of Misanello on upper cover, gilt spine. title, coated black endleaves. Bookplates of Flodden W. Heron, San. Francisco; Mills College Library (withdrawn). Very good +.. FIRST EDITION. Between the years 1869 and 1871 the ancient Bolognese Certosa, or tombs, were discovered. Six years later Burton has written a study. Further he took an interest in the dialects used in this region. A great deal of the book describes archeological artefacts, ancient monuments and similar structures. He is clearly interested in the anthropological, geographical and societal groups found in the region. He gives attention to the Ketls, the Aryo-Palasgi, Scandinavo-Teuton, and the Lithuano-Slavs. Section III is on craniology, from a study of skulls from the palaeolithic period. Section IV contains his interview with Professor Commendatore Luigi Calori (1807-1896), physician and Professor of human anatomy, taught at the University of Bologna for over 50 years. He was very interested in human anatomy, teratology, and comparative anatomy. Section V is Burton’s study of Etruscan language. What follows is his text on the ancient inscriptions he collected and studied. Section VIII studies modern language in Bologna. ¶ PROVENANCE: Flodden W. Heron (1877-1952), born in Illinois, was former President of the Book Club of California (1945-46). He was interested in Robert Louis Stevenson and Lewis Carroll, the latter of which is represented by his collection at the University of Illinois. He wrote widely in support of books and bibliography. ¶ Casada 32; Penzer pp. 92-3. . 2 First Edition. 
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4 COLUMELLA, Lucius Iunius Moderatus (c. 4-70); Johann Matthias GESNER (1691-1761). L. Junii Moderati Columellae De Re Rustica, Libri XII.
Mannhemii: Cura & Sumptibus Societatis literatae 1781 hardcover Volume 2 [only]. Small 8vo. 440 pp. Small woodcut design on title and at end; first blank leaf with corner cropped. Original hal 
Mannhemii:: Cura & Sumptibus Societatis literatae. 1781. hardcover. Volume 2 [only]. Small 8vo. 440 pp. Small woodcut design on title and. at end; first blank leaf with corner cropped. Original half gilt-. stamped calf over boards, all edges red; rubbed. Bookplate of. Hartford Seminary Foundation and early ink signature of Isaac H.. Hall. Very good.. “Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, (born 1st century ad, Gades, Spain), Roman soldier and farmer who wrote extensively on agriculture and kindred subjects in the hope of arousing a love for farming and a simple life. He became in early life a tribune of the legion stationed in Syria, but neither an army career nor the law attracted him, and he took up farming in Italy.” – Britannica. . 2 First Edition. 
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5 COSENTINI, C. "Descrizione e interpretazione dei ruderi della Terme di Santa Venera al Pozzo." with: PAVONE, F. "Rassegna critica della letterature sulle Terme di Santa Venera al Pozzo."
Offprint from: Memorie e Rendiconti, Serie 1, Vol. VI 1966 paperback 247 x 169 mm. 8vo. 37 pp. Illus., 14 plates. Black-stamped gold cloth, original pictorial wrappers bound in. Ownership rubber st 
Offprint from:: Memorie e Rendiconti, Serie 1, Vol. VI. 1966. paperback. 247 x 169 mm. 8vo. 37 pp. Illus., 14 plates. Black-stamped gold. cloth, original pictorial wrappers bound in. Ownership rubber stamp. on title. Fine.. 1 
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6 GIBBONS, Edward (1737-1794). The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
[Unknown location: Unknown publisher, c 1850s] hardcover 2 vols. 4to. xiii, [16], [1], 646; 647-1,303 pp. Index; Vol. I first pages through p. ii lacking [including title-page and half- 
[Unknown location:: Unknown publisher, c. 1850s]. hardcover. 2 vols. 4to. xiii, [16], [1], 646; 647-1,303 pp. Index; Vol. I first. pages through p. ii lacking [including title-page and half-title],. Vol. II p. 1303 corner torn. Contemporary tree calf, gilt-stamped. spines and red and black leather spine labels; worn, spine ends. missing pieces. Library of the Philomathaean Society, Gettysburg. College bookplates and inscriptions. Very good.. Vols. I & II of unknown mid-19th-century edition of Gibbons’ classic Roman history. PROVENANCE: “The Philomathaean and Phrenakosmian literary societies, founded early in the history to encourage intellectual pursuit outside the classroom, more than accomplished their founders’ objectives. At the beginning of the 20th century the societies occupied some of the best real estate on campus—the third and fourth floors of Glatfelter Hall. However, the percentage of students participating in their activities steadily declined. In 1903-1904 every Gettysburg student belonged to one of the societies, but (following a national trend) this level of engagement noticeably diminished in subsequent years. By 1920, the societies were largely moribund. They formally dissolved in 1935” (Birkner, p. 47). Birkner, Michael J., Gettysburg College, Charleston: Arcadia, 2006. . 2 
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7 MOLÀ, Luca. The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice.
Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, (2000). 0801861896 / 9780801861895 
8vo. xix, 457 pp. Illus., bibliography, index. Black gilt-stamped cloth, dust jacket. Burndy Library bookplate. Very fine. ISBN: 0801861896 Dust jacket present. 
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8 TOBRINER, Stephen. The Genesis of Noto: An Eighteenth Century Sicilian City.
London: A. Zwemmer, 1982. 0302005439 / 9780302005439 
4to. 252 pp. Profusely illustrated, index. Blue gilt-stamped cloth, dust-jacket. Fine. Important history of this town in Sicily. ISBN: 0302005439 / 0-302-00543-9 
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9 [MURATORI, Lodovico Antonio (1672-1750)] Giuseppe Maria TARTINI (1692-1770). Rerum Italicarum Scriptores ab Anno Aerae Christianae Millesimo ad Millesimum Sexcentesimum Quorum Potissima pars Nunc Primum in Lucem Prodit ex Florentinarum Bibliothecarum Codicibus.
Florence: Petri Cajetani Viviani, 1748, 1 5-1770 hardcover 2 vols. Tall 4to. [vi], 4 pp., 5-1144 cols., [3] pp.; vi, [vii-xvi] pp., 1206 cols., [3] pp. Vol. I: two-page portrait and inscr 
Florence:: Petri Cajetani Viviani, 1748, 1. 5-1770. hardcover. 2 vols. Tall 4to. [vi], 4 pp., 5-1144 cols., [3] pp.; vi, [vii-xvi]. pp., 1206 cols., [3] pp. Vol. I: two-page portrait and inscription of. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708-1765) engraved by Carlo Gregori. after a painting by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti, engraved title-page. vignette, initials and headpieces. Contemporary full vellum, gilt-. stamped paper spine labels; Vol. I rear hinge wormed, spine torn,. spine foot missing a piece, Vol. II spine foot torn, both vols. lower. corners worn and labels chipped. Hartford Theological Seminary blind-. stamps to first and last few pages, both vols. RARE. Very good,. internally fine.. Tartini’s compendium of historical sources on Italy from the year 1000 to 1600. Authorship unattributed on title-pages, but these volumes were compiled by Tartini as a supplement to Muratori’s 25-volume work (Rerum Italicarum Scriptores ab anno aerae christianae 500 ad 1500). ¶ “The Rerum Italicarum Scriptores were published in 1723-1751 in twenty-five folio volumes, usually bound as twenty-eight or twenty-nine: the first three volumes are frequently bound in two parts, each; the twenty-fourth volume has an Appendix: the twenty-fifth volume does not always accompany the set. Let this be well attended to. But with Muratori must be procured what is called the supplement or continuation of Tartini, Florent. 1748-70: two vols. folio…” (Dibdin, pp. 329-330). ¶ “The supplements of Tartini and Mittarelli seldom occur” (Bohn, p. 450). ¶ “For the great historian of the Italian Enlightenment, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Cola’s life offered the opportunity to publish yet another important source for the history of Italy, a source for the history of Italy, a source that provided much valuable information not only on Rome but also on the era of the Avignon papacy. Building a wide circle of collaborators throughout Italy, Muratori had set out in his encyclopedic, multivolume works to provide a complete universal history of the Italian people, as in the Annali d’Italia (1738- 49). His Antiquitates Italicae Medii Aevi (1738-42) presented a social history of Italian money, trade, banking, health care, warfare, law, institutions, literature, and other topics Muratori rounded out his monumental approach by launching a series of editions of Italian historical sources: the Rerum Italicarum Scriptores ab anno aerae christianae 500 ad 1500” (Musto, pp. 4-5). ¶ Tartini was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist best known for his writings on music theory. It is unknown why he undertook this project to supplement Muratori’s work; in fact, Muratori and other Italian literati were known to scorn the opera, with Muratori once saying, “Certainly, modern theatrical music is supremely harmful to the morals of those who, in listening to it, become increasingly base and inclined to lasciviousness” (Muratori in Fubini, p. 19). ¶ Gregori (1719-1759) was an Italian engraver who “learned engraving from Johann Jakob Frey at Rome, and among his principal plates are those after the paintings by Bernardino Barbatelli, called Poccetti, in the chapel of St. Philip Neri at Florence. He engraved also several plates for the ‘Museo Fiorentino,’ as well as many after the pictures in the collection of the Marquis Gerini, and some portraits” (Bryan, p. 277). ¶ Besides the portrait of Emperor Francis I, the engravings throughout the work include: Title-page scenes of Florence; a diplomatic exchange (likely depicting Emperor Constantine) preceding an excerpt from Sozomen’s Historia Ecclesiastica; a cityscape with several individuals in the foreground and a throng of shouting people preceding an excerpt from Matteo di Marco Palmieri’s Liber de temporibus, with a portrait medallion of architect Leon Battista Alberti proceeding it; Pope St. Gregory VII blessing a follower preceding an excerpt from his Epistolae; a scene of Pisa showing the bridge and leaning tower preceding Bernardo Marangone’s Chronicle della Cita di Pisa; a cityscape and bridge of Foligno preceding Bonaventura Benevenuti’s Fragmenta Fulginatis Historiae; a scene of Chiusi (an enclosed settlement atop a hill in Tuscany) engraved by Pietro Antonio Pazzi after a painting by Guiseppe Menabuoni preceding Jacomo Gori da Senalonga’s Istoria della Citta di Chiusi in Toscana; massed armies outside Florence (identifiable by the Cathedral of Florence) preceding Paolino di Piero’s Cronica; Unknown scene depicting captured prisoners being presented to a victorious general with troops and a city (possibly depicting the Revolt of the Ciampi, as this occurred during the period covered by the following text and shows well- armed troops fighting peasants) engraved by Guiseppe Maria Terrini after a painting by Santi Pacini preceding Piero di Minerbetti’s Cronica; the funerary monument of mercenary John Hawkwood (created by Paolo Uccello) engraved by Joseph Bonaiuli proceeding Domenico Maria Manni’s Commentario della Vita del Famoso Capitano Giovanni Aguto [John Hawkwood] Inglese; the siege of Città de Castello by Pope Martin V preceding Roberto Orsi’s De Obsidione Tiphernatum; lions and leopards fighting in the center of Firenze preceding Ricordi di Firenze by anonymous; Romulus and Remus suckling from their wolf mother with two others (possibly Numitor and Rhea Silvia) preceding Bernardo Rucellai’s Dissertatio and De Urbe Roma; and several elaborately engraved initials. REFERENCES: Bohn, James, Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Books in All Languages on Sale, London: C. Richards, 1840; Bryan, Michael, Bryan’s Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Volume 2, London: George Bell and Sons, 1903; Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, The Library Companion, Second Edition, London: Printed for Harding, Triphook, and Lepard, and J. Major, 1825; Fubini, Enrico, Music and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe: A Source Book, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994; Musto, Ronald G., Apocalypse in Rome: Cola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age, Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2003. . 1 
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