Opere di Benedetto Menzini, Fiorentino, Accresciute, & Riordinate e Divise in Quattro Tomi. All' Emo, e Rino Sign. Cardinale Alamanno Salviati

By: Benedetto Menzini (1646-1704)

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4 Volumes. 4to. 9 x 6 5/16 inches. [xii], xxvi, 334, [10]; [xii], 394, [3]; [iv], viii, 362, [6]; [ii], viii, 195, [5], 104 [Vita di Benedetto Menzini] pp. Each volume with a half-title, Volume I with and engraved frontispiece portrait of Menzini and an added title page printed in red and black with an engraved vignette, the other 3 title pages with woodcut printer's devices, each volume with headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials of varying sizes, ornamental rules, advertisement and index in Volume I; generally the text is clean and unmarked, although there are occasional neat ink marginal notes in Volume I and neat pencil marginal notes in the Vita di Menzini (Vol. IV, assisting the previous owner to situate the text in a timeline). Uniformly bound in contemporary full vellum with brown leather spine labels, spines decorated and titled in gilt, brown end-papers; bindings square and tight. Ownership signatures in the end-papers of each volume. Extensive note about Menzini in ink on fly-leaf in Volume 1. BI820-001. Very Good. FIRST EDITION of the collected works of Benedetto Menzini, post-Baroque poet, and native-son of Florence. Edited by Pietro Mengoni and includes a Vita di Benedetto Menzini by Giuseppe Paolucci da Spello. Menzini took holy orders at an early age, and at the same time taught as professor of belles-lettres at the universities of Florance and Prato. He was in competition for the chair of rhetoric at the University of Pisa, but failed to gain the post due to his reputation for showing acrimony in word and deed. Menzini then went to Rome in 1685, where he gained the patronage of Queen Christina of Sweden; his best work was written during this time. Christina died in 1689, whereupon Pope Innocent XII made Menzini a canon and appointed him to a chair of rhetoric at Rome. Some of his best known works include Canzoni Eroiche e Morali (1674-80); Il Paradiso Terrestre, Sonetti Pastorali, and Canzonette Anacreontiche. His satires denounce contemporary figures in Tuscany and at the Medici court. His works are presented in the following order in these 4 volumes: Vol. I: Le Poesie Liriche Toscane; Vol. II, Varie Poesie Toscane; Vol. III, Le Prose Volgari; and Vol. IV, Complectens quae tum Soluta Oratione tum Versibus Latine Scripta Sunt. REFERENCES: Gamba 673; Brunet, III, 1639; and Graesse, IV, 492. See also: Catholic Encyclopedia, "Benedetto Menzini," and Wikipedia.

Title: Opere di Benedetto Menzini, Fiorentino, Accresciute, & Riordinate e Divise in Quattro Tomi. All' Emo, e Rino Sign. Cardinale Alamanno Salviati

Author Name: Benedetto Menzini (1646-1704)

Categories: Poetry,

Edition: First Collected Edition

Publisher: Florence, Italy, Nella Stamperia di S. A. R. per li Tartini, e Franchi: 1731-1732

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: BI820-001

Keywords: Benedetto Menzini, Opere di Benedetto Menzini Fiorentino, Cardinale Alamanno Salviati, Poetry, Tartini e Franchi,