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Conte Annibale Romei, gentilhuomo Ferrarese - Discorsi - 1585

Conte Annibale Romei, gentilhuomo Ferrarese - Discorsi - 1585

MANUAL OF DUEL, CAVALRY AND FIGHT ON THE RUN.
“I Discorsi del conte Annibale Romei gentil’huomo ferrarese” were an expression of the courtly culture of those times. This work was long appreciated as it was considered a cavalry manual, and it was also mentioned by Manzoni in “The Betrothed”.
The treatise on “Duello e del Combatter alla Macchia” is especially interesting. A collectible copy. Edit16, CNCE48462. R. Kelso, Doctrine for the Lady of the Renaissance, Urbana, 1956, no. 717. G.E. Levi-J. Gelli, Bibliografia del duello, Milan, 1903, p. 166.
BMC 586. OLSCHKI, CHOIX I, “Le idee degli autori più importanti, che si sono occupati di scienza cavalleresca, sono dal Romei esaminate”. THIMM, Bibliogr. of fencing and duelling, p SPRETI GRAESSE VI, 154. [9245]

CONTENTS
First edition of this treatise which is divided into 5 days set at the court of Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. Each day is dedicated to a particular theme of aristocratic life: beauty, human love, honour, nobility, riches. The work was very successful and was reprinted several times. It received the appreciation of many men of letters, including Maffei and Tasso.

Dedication from A. to Lucrezia d’Este, Duchess of Urbino. First edition of this very interesting work: within five days, the following topics are addressed in order: “della Bellezza, dell’Amor humano, dell’Honore, dell’iniquità del Duello e del combatter alla Macchia, della Nobiltà, delle Ricchezze, della precedenza dell’Arme e delle Lettere”. The work was very successful and was reprinted several times. It was praised by many people - including Maffei - especially for the variety of the subjects treated, and translated into French and English. The author was a gentleman and scholar from Ferrara in the second half of the 16th century, highly esteemed and praised by Tasso, who gave the title of “Romeo” to his own “Dialogo del giuoco” with reference to our author.

Annibale Romei (... - 1590) was an Italian chess player and scholar. Count of Bergantino, he lived at the Este court of Ferrara.
In 1585 he published “I Discorsi del conte Annibale Romei gentil’huomo ferrarese divisi in sette giornate”: an expression of the courtly culture of those times. This work was long appreciated as it was considered a cavalry manual, and it was also mentioned by Manzoni in “The Betrothed”.

Between 1565 and 1568 he seems to have written a chess treatise in the appendix to the “Dialoghi sull’anima umana”, entitled “Le fatiche sopra il giuoco degli scacchi”, dedicated to Eleonora d’Este, but whose authorship is denied. The treatise remained a manuscript until 1985, when it was published in a printed edition with comments by Adriano Chicco.

However, he was a famous chess player, so much so that Tasso dedicated to him “Il Romeo, o vero del giuoco” in 1581. Giulio Polerio attributes to Romei the gambit by the black.

CONDITION REPORT - COMPLETE.
4to. Woodcut vignette on the title page, engraved woodcut initials, rare handwritten notes, a few sheets with slight browning, beautiful reproduction of a print by Jacques Callot (1592-1635), “Le duel à l’épée”, applied to the frontispiece, coeval rigid parchment binding, author and title printed in gold within a red label on the spine with 5 ribs. Ex libris with coat of arms and signature on the pastedown endpaper. Pp. (12), 238, (2 blank). A collector’s copy.

FULL TITLES & AUTHORS
Discorsi del Conte Annibal Romei, gentilhuomo Ferrarese/ Divisi in cinque Giornate nelle quali tra Dame e Cauaglieri ragionando si tratta Nella prima della Bellezza Nella seconda dell Amor humano Nella terza dell Honore dell'Ingiustitia del Duello e del Combatter alla Macchia del modo di trattar le paci & accommodar tutte le Querele Nella quarta della Nobiltà Nella quinta delle Ricchezze e della precedenza dell'arme e delle lettere/ con le risposte a tutti i dubbii che in simili materie proponer fi sogliono/ Alla Serenißima Signora la signora Donna Lucretia da Este Ducheffa d'Urbino/
In Venetia Appresso Francesco Ziletti AD LXXXV - 1585.
Annibale Romei

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Duels, etiquette, History, Literature
Author/ Illustrator Conte Annibale Romei, gentilhuomo Ferrarese
Book Title Discorsi
Condition Very good
Publication year oldest item 1585
Edition 1st Edition
Language Italian
Original language Yes
Publisher In Venetia Appreße Francesco Ziletti AD LXXXV
Binding/ Material Vellum
Number of pages 252
Dimensions 213×159 mm
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