Delle Lettere volgari di diversi nobilissimi huomini Et eccellentissimi Ingegni scritte in diverse materie. Libro I e II. . In Venetia, 1548. Pp. 258 and 234; cm. 16 x 11. Vellum binding with golden edges and handwritten title. Fresh and clean pages with some very light spots. Book censored probably in the 16°century. This explains the lack of the pages from 76 to 81 and 95 to 96 on volume 1 and the cancellations present on the two volumes. Volume 2 is complete and the missing pages are replaced by fac-simile.
The first book, originally published in October 1542, can be considered as the first and most successful of all Italian letter collections of the sixteenth century. Although in the same months Curzio Traiano Navò issued a similar anthology, this volume, full of misprints and carelessly edited, was never reprinted
The second volume appeared in 1545. The two books were reprinted together 10 times until 1564, when a third volume was added for the first time.
The first book underwent several corrections and some censorships in the 1544 and 1546 editions, in which many letters of unorthodox authors were expurgated for religious reasons. The present edition contains the same censored text of the 1548 edition, which is a mere reprint of the 1546 edition. In Book I the number of letters in the 1546 edition was reduced from 164 to 125. Book II, dedicated by Antonio Manuzio to Paolo Tron, contains the same 101 letters which had appeared in the second issue of the first 1545 edition . All the letters are undated.
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- Lettere volgari di diversi nobilissimi hvomini, et eccellentissimi ingegni, scritte in diverse mater
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- 16×11 cm