Vincenzo Buonanni

Discorso di Vincentzio Buonanni, sopra la prima cantica del diuinißimo Theologo Dante d’Alighieri del Bello nobilißimo Fiorentino, Intitolata Commedia...

Florence, Bartolomeo Sermartelli, 1572.

4° (210 x 145). Collation: a4, A-Z4, Aa-Ee4, Ff6. [8], 230, [6] pages. Roman and italic type. On the title-page woodcut printer's device. Woodcut illustrating the position of Hell on fol. Ff3v. Antique vellum over pasteboards. Smooth spine. A good copy, uniformly browned the first and last leaves, some small stains and spots, a pale waterstain to the lower blank margin of some leaves.

Provenance: on the verso of the title-page a small stamp, ‘biblioth. [?]' (onthe title-page the inked shelfmark ‘4°. 1650', and the pencilled note ‘Dupl.); Livio Ambrogio collection.

The work, dedicated to the Tuscan prince Francesco de' Medici, is en effect a separate edition of the Inferno, supplemented with the extensive commentary by Buonanni. Albeit limited to a single cantica, it is the only edition of the Commedia to be published in Florence between 1506 and 1595.