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Maffeo Barberini (Papst Urban VIII.); Aurelius Ursius (Romanus) - Aurellii Ursii Romani Carminum Libri VIII. - 1589

Maffeo Barberini (Papst Urban VIII.); Aurelius Ursius (Romanus) - Aurellii Ursii Romani Carminum Libri VIII. - 1589

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Maffeo Barberini (Papst Urban VIII.); Aurelius Ursius (Romanus) - Aurellii Ursii Romani Carminum Libri VIII. - 1589
Literature, Old Prints, Italian Philology, Neo-Latin Poetry - Quantity: 1 - Other - see description - Book

Maffeo Barberini (Papst Urban VIII.); Aurelius Ursius (Romanus)
Aurellii Ursii Romani
Carminum Libri VIII.
Parma; Erasmus Viotti 1589.
12°, 6x unnumbered leaves, 82x counted leaves, 1x white leaf, contemporary flexible vellum with remnants of a library bookplate, handwritten title on spine no longer legible, vellum cover and first few leaves gnawed in upper margin, worm damage in middle section with loss of letters and text, book block and some leaves loose, leaf 6 with woodcut coat of arms of the Farnese family on verso (loose), woodcut printer's mark on title with handwritten ownership entry, some initials painted out in red. The volume contains the poetry of Ursius, a poet-client of the Farnese. Like many of his contemporaries, he exhorts Italian youth to reflect on ancient education. Following the dedication to Ranutio Farnese is the leaf with Maffeo's ode to Ursius. This poem by the twenty-year-old Barberini, even before his law exams, is one of the earliest printed testimonies of the later Pope Urban VIII. Just like the work of Ursius, almost untraceable. Overall still a good copy.


See:
Die Jugendgedichte Papst Urbans VIII. : Erstedition, Übersetzung, Kommentar und Nachwort / von Jolanta Wiendlocha

Urban the VIII. (1623-1644) is known as the recipient of the Heidelberg Biblioteca Palatina, redesigner of the city of Rome, patron of the arts (Bernini, Reni, Rubens), patron and opponent of Galileo Galilei. His poetic oeuvre has been forgotten over the years. At the same time, he is regarded as an intellectual promoter of the Jesuit-driven cultural upswing within the framework of the Counter-Reformation. In the XVIIth century, his name stood alongside those of Maciej K. Sarbiewski and Jakob Balde. These authors took Latin poetry to new heights.
The Barberini Pope left behind numerous Latin and Italian (also some Greek) poems. While his later poems have been preserved in contemporary prints, the youth poems (Carmina iuvenilia) are available in a single manuscript compiled by himself (Vat.Barb.lat.1919).
They contain eclogues, elegies, epigrams, odes, an epyllion about the tragic love affair of a king's daughter and a vita metrica of St Alexius. The Roman culture of the Baroque and the literary-artistic environment of the author find expression in numerous epigrams. Historical events are celebrated in panegyric poems. Most of the pieces are love poems in the tradition of Catullus, Ovid and Petrarch. Above all, however, stands the formal model of Horace.
The "Carmina iuvenilia" of the later Pope are edited, translated and commented on for the first time in this volume.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Literature, Old Prints, Italian Philology, Neo-Latin Poetry
Author/ Illustrator
Maffeo Barberini (Papst Urban VIII.); Aurelius Ursius (Romanus)
Book Title
Aurellii Ursii Romani Carminum Libri VIII.
Condition
Fair
Publication year oldest item
1589
Edition
1st Edition
Language
Latin
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Parma; Erasmus Viotti
Binding/ Material
Vellum
Extras
Other - see description
Number of pages
82
Dimensions
135×80 mm
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