Sannazaro Opera Omnia 1547 Lyons Gryphius Arcadia 8vo Renaissance No Reserve For Sale

OFFERED WITH is AN ATTRACTIVE AND COMPLETE EXAMPLE OF THE 1547 GRYPHIUM EDITION OF THE WORKS OF SANNAZARO, INCLUDING THE GREAT ‘ARCADIA,’ ONE OF THE FINEST ITALIAN POEMS OF THE RENAISSANCE, INAUGURATING IN THE IDEA OF ‘ARCADIA’ ONE OF THE MOST ENDURING THEMES OF THE IDYLLIC IN WESTERN CULTURE, BOUND IN LATE 18TH OR EARLY 19TH CENTURY VELLUM, COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS AND IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“Iacobi Sannazarii Opera Omnia. / Quorum Indicem sequens pagella continent. / Virtute Duce, / Comite Fortuna. / Apud Seb. Grayphium Lugduni, 1547.”

 

CONCERING SANAZARO  Jacopo Sannazaro (28 July 1458 – 6 August 1530) was an Italian He wrote easily in Latin, in Italian and in Neapolitan, but is best remembered for his humanist classic Arcadia, a masterwork that illustrated the possibilities of poetical prose in Italian, and instituted the theme of Arcadia, representing an idyllic land, in European literature. Sannazaro's elegant style was the inspiration for much courtly literature of the 16th century, including Sir Philip Sidney'sArcadia.

 

The Arcadia of Sannazaro was written in the 1480s, completed about 1489 and circulated in manuscript before its initial publication. Begun in early life and published in Naples in 1504, the Arcadia is a pastoral Romance, in which Sincero, the persona of the poet, disappointed in love, withdraws from the city (Naples in this case) to pursue in Arcadia an idealized pastoral existence among the shepherd-poets, in the manner of the Idylls of Theocritus. But a frightful dream induces him to return to the city, traversing a dark tunnel to his native Naples, where he learns of the death of his beloved. The events are amplified by extensive imagery drawn from classic sources, by the poet's languid melancholy and by atmospheric elegiac descriptions of the lost world of Arcadia. It was the first pastoral work in Renaissance Europe to gain international success. Inspired in part by classical authors who wrote in the pastoral mode— in addition to Virgil and Theocritus including comparatively obscure recently rediscovered Latin poets Calpurnius and Nemesianus— and by Boccaccio's Ameto, Sannazaro depicts a lovelorn first-person narrator ("Sincero") wandering the countryside (Arcadia) and listening to the amorous or mournful songs of the shepherds he meets. In addition to its pastoral setting, the other great originality of the work stems from its novel structure of alternating prose and verse.

 

Sannazaro's Arcadia - coupled with the Portuguese author Jorge de Montemayor's Diana (Los siete libros de la Diana, 1559), itself indebted to Sannazaro's work - had a profound impact on literature throughout Europe up until the middle of the seventeenth century.

 

With the Arcadia behind him, Sannazaro concentrated on Latin works of classical inspiration. His Virgilian bucolic works include the five Eclogae piscatoriae, eclogues on themes connected with the Bay of Naples, three books of elegies, and three books of epigrams. Other works in Latin include three books of epigrams, and two short works entitled Salices [Willows] and De Morte Christi Lamentatio ["Lament on the Death of Christ"].

 

Sannazaro's now seldom-read sacred poem in Latin, De partu Virginis, which gained for him the name of the "Christian Virgil", was extensively rewritten in 1519-21 and appeared in print, 1526. It has been characterized as "his version of Mary's Magnificat."

 

Among his works in Italian and Neapolitan are the recasting of Neapolitan proverbs as Gliommeri his Farse, and the Rime (published as Sonetti et canzoni di M. Jacopo Sannazaro, Naples and Rome, 1530), where the manner of Petrarch is paramount. He also wrote some savage and caustic epigrams. Most famous is the one he wrote against Pope Alexander VI after the murder of Giovanni Borgia, eldest son of the Pope, whose body was recovered from the Tiber River—Sannazaro cheekily described Alexander VI as a "fisher of men" (playing on the Christ's words to Peter). This epigram caused immense grief to the Pope. His portrait by Titian, painted ca 1514-18, is in the Royal Collection, part of the diplomatic "Dutch Gift" to Charles II, in 1660.

 

The first complete translation into English of the Arcadia is by Ralph Nash, Jacopo Sannazaro: Arcadia and Piscatorial Eclogues (Detroit: Wayne State University Press) 1966. Nash returned to translate into English prose and verse The Major Latin Poems of Jacopo Sannazaro, (Detroit: Wayne State University Press) 1996. The distinguished Latinist Michael C. J. Putnam has recently published the first translation of all of Sannazaro's Latin poetry.

     

THE VOLUME IS IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION INTERNALLY OR EXTERNALLY. The leaves are generally quite clean, with ample margins and clear print throughout. The title is moderately toned, and four leaves (pages 162-67) are dampstained. Two lines upon the final page have been lined through, with replacement text provided in a contemporary hand. 16 LINES OF POETRY HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE FINAL PAGE IN A 16TH CENTURY HUMANIST HAND. The late 18th or early 19th century vellum binding is in very good to excellent condition, with strong hinges and a strong book-block. The boards are slightly bowed, and vellum upon the spine is lightly chipped in a couple of places.

 

THE VOLUME IS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS. It comprises 198 numbered pages, including the title. The volume measures about  cm by  cm by  cm; each leaf measures about  mm by  mm.

 

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