FIRST AND ONLY ALDINE EDITION of Italian humanist scholar, poet and alchemist, Giovanni Aurelio Augurello's poetry. 8vo. 128 ff. Complete with blank a2 (includes signature mark, otherwise blank) and blank q7, Aldine anchor and dolphin device on verso of final leaf; text clean, unmarked. Seventeenth-century full vellum, spine blocked in beige and titled and ruled in gilt; binding square and tight, head of spine rolled a bit. Previous owner's ink notations on front free end-paper and in Greek on title page. 2 bookplates on front paste down including that of eighteenth-century Italian collector Carlo Astorri, and the nineteenth-century bookplate of English collector Henry Latham with ink notation "Bought at Rome, Jan. 1852." Very Good. Augurello's poetry first appeared in Verona in 1491; the Aldine 1505 edition is expanded to two books. Giovanni Aurelio Augurello was born in Rimini, and studied law in Rome, Florence and Padova and was acquainted with many leading scholars of the day, including Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) and Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494). Augurello held a sinecure at the cathedral of Treviso where he taught classics and became a member of Aldo Manutius' humanist circle in Venice. His contributions to scientific work include producing color pigments for the painter Giulio Campagnola (b. circa 1480). REFERENCES: Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent, No. A2152; Renouard 1505/2 ("belle et rare"); Thorndike, History of Magic, VIII, pp. 179, 298, and 364.
Giovanni Aurelio Augurello, I Avrelivs Avgvrellvs Poemata, Aldus Manutius, Aldine Press, Poetry