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Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Thursday 12th July 2018: 1:00pm BST

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Macaronic Poetry.- [Folengo (Teofilo)] [OpusMerlini Cocaii], collation: A-Z, AA-MM8, lacking signatures A, M, MM (?index) and Ll4 & 5, with 52 full-page woodcuts only (of 54), browned and stained, wormed with some loss, trimmed shaving some side-notes, a few leaves loose, contemporary ink inscription below colophon (crossed out) and another to verso, later bookplate of Robert Weiss, 17th century sprinkled calf, spine gilt, rather worn, spine defective, [Adams F687; EDIT 16 CNCE 19359], small 8vo (121 x 79mm.),Toscolano, Alessandro Paganino,1521; sold not subject to return

⁂ First collected edition and the first edition to include this series of woodcuts. Folengo was the leading practitioner of macaronic poetry (the blending of the vernacular with Latin, often in burlesque writings), and here we find his master-piece Baldus. This tale was the inspiration for Rabelais' Panurge and Gargantua. It includes the merciless satirising of the clergy and a number of highly memorable scenes, such as the battle of the flying ants.

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Macaronic Poetry.- [Folengo (Teofilo)] [OpusMerlini Cocaii], collation: A-Z, AA-MM8, lacking signatures A, M, MM (?index) and Ll4 & 5, with 52 full-page woodcuts only (of 54), browned and stained, wormed with some loss, trimmed shaving some side-notes, a few leaves loose, contemporary ink inscription below colophon (crossed out) and another to verso, later bookplate of Robert Weiss, 17th century sprinkled calf, spine gilt, rather worn, spine defective, [Adams F687; EDIT 16 CNCE 19359], small 8vo (121 x 79mm.),Toscolano, Alessandro Paganino,1521; sold not subject to return

⁂ First collected edition and the first edition to include this series of woodcuts. Folengo was the leading practitioner of macaronic poetry (the blending of the vernacular with Latin, often in burlesque writings), and here we find his master-piece Baldus. This tale was the inspiration for Rabelais' Panurge and Gargantua. It includes the merciless satirising of the clergy and a number of highly memorable scenes, such as the battle of the flying ants.