Iacopo Mazzoni

Discorso di Giacopo Mazzoni in difesa della Comedia del Diuino Poêta Dante.

Cesena, Bartolomeo Raverii, 1573.

4° (206 x150 mm). Collation: A-M4. 47, [1] leaves. Roman and italic type. Woodcut decorated initials. Eighteenth-century half-vellum over pasteboards. Boards covered with a parchment leaf from a musical manuscript (traces of writing and notes). Smooth spine. Author's name and title in an early hand on the foot edge. Marbled pastedowns. A fine copy, slight spotting; minor loss to the lower outer corner of fol B3 and a small burnhole on the outer blank margin of fol. E1, in both cases without any loss of text. Marginal note on fol. B3r, probably in a seventeenth-century hand. An early shelfmark ‘H.V.20' on the recto of the rear flyleaf.

Provenance: Livio Ambrogio collection.

The second edition (of the first part only) of the Discorso by the philosopher from Cesena Iacopo Mazzoni (1548-1598), defending the Commedia against the Discorso nel quale si mostra l'imperfezzione della Commedia di Dante contro al ‘Dialogo delle lingue' del Varchi, written by a certain Ridolfo di Castravilla (the identity of the author is hitherto unidentified). The first edition of Mazzoni's Discorso had appeared in Bologna in 1572.