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Paolo Giovio - Historiarum sui Temporis - 1553

Paolo Giovio - Historiarum sui Temporis - 1553

Paolo Giovio - Historiarum sui Temporis - 1553
Colonial history - Quantity: 1 - tipped in plates - Book

First COMINIAN edition, in this format, printed in Venice, of the most important work of the Como historian Paolo Giovio (1483-1552).
The "Historiarum sui temporis" consist of 45 books dedicated to the fifty years that goes from the descent in 1494 of the French king Charles VIII in Italy until 1547 (the books are actually fewer in number because from V to X, dedicated to the events that took place between 1498 and the death of Pope Julius II (1513), are treated only by epitomes and those from the nineteenth to the twenty-fourth, relating to the decade 1517-27, were never written).

Of particular importance is the story of Christopher Columbus and the conquest of the Americas, which occupies a large part of the second volume and is, together with the posthumous portrait of Columbus published in the 1551 edition, one of the first historical documents of his four voyages and of the brief reign of Columbus in Hispaniola.

Doctor and historian, Paolo Giovio (1483-1552), gathered in his villa on Lake Como - the Giovio Museum - an exceptional collection of portraits of great men, ancient and modern, which served as a model for the establishment of numerous galleries. Beautiful specimen in perfect condition.

Composed over an entire existence, the "Historiae" record the different reactions that the history of his time produced in their author. The sense of grandeur that pervades the first books yields to the disillusionment that informs the latter: these overflow with the incurable disputes that opposed the Christian monarchs and reflect the spirit of a past existence to testify how such conflicts, useless and merciless, were only a source of suffering.

Among the most effective passages of the "Historiae" are those of book XLV, which describes the fate of Christian prisoners, captured during the raids of Barbarossa along the coasts of the Mediterranean and brought as slaves to Constantinople in the holds of Turkish galleys, while the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire and the most Christian king were facing each other in Northern Europe.
Unfortunately, the "Historiae" never received the acclaim that the author believed they deserved, neither from contemporaries nor from posterity.
However, it is significant that, despite all the hostile criticisms, the "Historiae" met during the late sixteenth century, only in Italy, at least 4 ed. Latin and 12 Italian.

In the rest of Europe there were at least 7 editions. of the Latin text while translations in French, German and Spanish were published. Much more than Guicciardini, Giovio remained for many Europeans the most authoritative reference on the Italian wars; for the history of some regions of Eastern Europe, such as Hungary, his story remains fundamental ".
Thus Biographical Dictionary of Italians, LVI, pp. 430-37, See also Adams, I, G-649 - Brunet, III, 583: “Belle édition”.

3 volumes, coeval binding in full parchment, cuts illuminated in red smooth backs, titles on the spine on brown leather sleeves, excellent state of preservation ex libris to the first three white ones and stamps of possession on the fresh internal title pages on heavy paper.

Vol. I °: (2); 8 cards, including the title page with the portrait of the author engraved on wood; 415 cards; (4).
Vol. II °: Pp. (2); 680 including the title page; 18 unnumbered index cards; 1 imprint card; (4).
Vol. III °: Pp. (2) 618 including the title page; 15 unnumbered index cards; (2).
Printed in italics, woodcut inhabited initials, portrait of the author in each of the title pages.
Good copy, very clean and in perfect condition.

Full Title:
VENETIIS APVD COMINVM de Tridino Montisferrati

Lot details
Number of Books
Colonial history
Author/ Illustrator
Paolo Giovio
Book Title
Historiarum sui Temporis
Publication year oldest item
Illustrated Edition
Original language
Venetiis, apud Cominum de Tridino Montisferrati
Binding/ Material
tipped in plates
Number of pages
163×122 mm
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