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1 BENCI, Spinello (ca.1565-16??) Storia di MontepulcianoÖ 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 spineís foot. Fine copy.. FAMOUS FOR MONTEPULCIANO WINE Ė PRAISED BY BACCHUS! SECOND EDITION, expanded and corrected from the first of 1641, of ďthe most authoritative work on Montepulcianoís historyĒ (Crociani-Windland, p. 15). The full-page woodcut portrait depicts Lars Porsenna, a semi-legendary Etruscan king from the 6th century B.C.E. ďInterurban Tuscan rivalry that for some decades had hinged on claims to Etruscan originsĒ 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 ďan archaic flavorĒ (Wood, p. 169). ďSansovinoís 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 MontepulcianoÖ. Benci knew that Sansovino was the author of the statue; he describes it as a Ďmemorialí 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 scholarshipĒ (Wood, p. 169). Benci extolls the wine of Montepulciano (p.3), accepting literally Livyís explanation for the Gallic invasion of Romeóthat 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 resistósaying, ďThese 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 preservationĒ (Benci in Symonds, p. 94). ďThe 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 Popeís family, John Charles Medici, after cardinal, son of the Grand Duke John GastonĒ (Goldie, p. 43). ďMontepulciano, 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 citizensĒ (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. ďSo helpful to the Church was the foundation that Pope John XXIII conferred on Bernardine the title of ĎPapal Countess,í the only title given to an American during his pontificate. Several years later, Pope Paul VI conferred on Daniel the title, ĎGentleman of His Holiness,í 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 1968Ē (Burks). Burks, Lisa. ďBernadine Murphy Donahue.Ē 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. ďThe Birthplace of Cardinal Bellarmine.Ē 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. ďThe Credulity Problem.Ē Early Modern Antiquarianism in Europe and China. Eds. Peter Miller and FranÁois 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 √† Luce da' Deputati per suo Testamento. Con la tavole delle cose piu notabili.
Florence: Filippo & Jacopo Giunti, 1584-1585. 1584 
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 ¬≤A-¬≤G 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. "‚Ķ 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. ‚Äď William Tooke, William Beloe, Robert Nares, A new and general biographical dictionary: containing an ... of the most eminent persons ‚Ķ vol. II, (1798), pp. 476-477. See: Censimento B3266; Goldsmiths' ‚Äď 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 √āge et √† la Renaissance: Volume I, (2005), p. 400; Giovanni Cipriani, Gli obelischi egizi: politica e cultura nella Roma barocca ‚Äď (1993), p. 89. First Edition. 
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Etruscan Bologna: a study., BURTON, Sir Richard F.
3 BURTON, Sir Richard F. Etruscan Bologna: a study.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1876. 1876 
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‚Äôs 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. 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. 1781 
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." ‚Äď Britannica. 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. 1966 
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. 
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6 MOL√Ä, Luca. The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice.
Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, (2000). 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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7 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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8 [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, 1755-1770. 1748 
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 25-volume work (Rerum Italicarum Scriptores ab anno aerae christianae 500 ad 1500). ‚ÄúThe 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‚Ķ‚ÄĚ (Dibdin, pp. 329-330). ‚ÄúThe supplements of Tartini and Mittarelli seldom occur‚ÄĚ (Bohn, p. 450). ‚ÄúFor the great historian of the Italian Enlightenment, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Cola‚Äôs 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‚ÄôItalia (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‚ÄĚ (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‚Äôs work; in fact, Muratori and other Italian literati were known to scorn the opera, with Muratori once saying, ‚ÄúCertainly, modern theatrical music is supremely harmful to the morals of those who, in listening to it, become increasingly base and inclined to lasciviousness‚ÄĚ (Muratori in Fubini, p. 19). Gregori (1719-1759) was an Italian engraver who ‚Äúlearned 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 ‚ÄėMuseo Fiorentino,‚Äô as well as many after the pictures in the collection of the Marquis Gerini, and some portraits‚ÄĚ (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‚Äôs Historia Ecclesiastica; a cityscape with several individuals in the foreground and a throng of shouting people preceding an excerpt from Matteo di Marco Palmieri‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Chronicle della Cita di Pisa; a cityscape and bridge of Foligno preceding Bonaventura Benevenuti‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Istoria della Citta di Chiusi in Toscana; massed armies outside Florence (identifiable by the Cathedral of Florence) preceding Paolino di Piero‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Cronica; the funerary monument of mercenary John Hawkwood (created by Paolo Uccello) engraved by Joseph Bonaiuli proceeding Domenico Maria Manni‚Äôs Commentario della Vita del Famoso Capitano Giovanni Aguto [John Hawkwood] Inglese; the siege of Citt√† de Castello by Pope Martin V preceding Roberto Orsi‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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. 
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