Rome, Presso i principali librai (vol. 3: Libreria dello Stato; vol. 4: Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato), 1891-1961
Four parts in one volume (23 cm), I-II (fasc. 1-2, 1891-1896): (4) 160 pp. Entries 1-666. III (fasc. 3, 1942): (4) pp., pp.161-311 (1). Entries 667-1372. IV (fasc. 4, 1961): xv (1) pp., pp.313-804 (2). Entries 1372-2922. Bound in collector’s blue buckram (original printed wrappers bound in place). - 2922 editions are described. Part IV reviewed by Francesco Barberi, in La Bibliofilia, volume 65 (1963), pp.200-202. ¶ Fine, complete set of the original edition. Rare.
(22 cm), 19 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Essay followed by “A list of variations found in copies of the 1499 Poliphilus”, based on a comparison of twelve copies, with details of the vellum copy in the Spencer Collection (ex-Bishop Butler, Lord Vernon, Sir George Holford; New York Public Library, Spencer Coll. Ital. 1499), Grenville Kane copy (ex-Burlington, Tweedmouth, Quaritch 1919; Princeton University Library, NE910.I8 C6 1499), and “regular” copies of the edition. Similar text appeared in the Bulletin of the New York Public Library, volume 36 (1932), pp.475-486. ¶ Wrapper lightly soiled. Paper fragile, tears.
(32 cm), xii, , 403,  pp., with XCII photogravure plates (i.e. 94, including plates numbered XXA and XXB, XXVIA and XXVIB; some are double-page, one is in colour, and a few in red & black). Publisher’s half-vellum binding, top edges gilt, others uncut; red morocco lettering-piece on spine. - Catalogue of early Venetian books (mostly from the library of Victor Masséna, prince d’Essling) compiled by Tammaro de Marinis and printed by Hans (Giovanni) Mardersteig in an edition of 310 copies on handmade wove paper manufactured by Magnani of Pescia. Orginally kept at Conte Vittorio Cini’s (1885-1977) residence, Monselice, outside of Venice, the books were transferred in 1951 to the Fondazione Cini on San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, a cultural institute he founded in memory of his son, Giorgio, who had died in an airplane accident in 1949. Schmoller 53; The Officina Bodoni: Montagnola, Verona: Books printed by Giovanni Mardersteig on the hand press, 1923-1977 (London 1978), p.47 no. 37. ¶ Faultless copy, as new, without usual foxing.
Two volumes bound in one (23 cm), I: , xvii (1), 334 pp. II: 30 pp., 11 leaves of plates. Collector’s red buckram binding (printed wrappers bound in). - 143 entries, arranged chronologically, 1530-1589; Servolini’s supplement adds 49 editions. Also included is a list of “Edizioni del Marcolini e marcoliniane nella Biblioteca civica di Forlì” compiled by Servolini. ¶ Fine copy.
(25 cm), (8), xvi, 582, (2), lxviii, 8, (2) pp., illustrations, fold-out plate. Publisher’s green cloth. - Facsimile reprint of the third and best edition (Paris 1834), together with Carlo Ramazzotti and Ulisse Guidi’s Descrizione di due libri [the Introductio perbrevis ad Hebraicam linguam and Horæ of 1497] stampati da Aldo (published Bologna 1853). ¶ Extensively annotated in pencil. Corners and edges of the binding lightly worn.
(23 cm), xxxiv (2), 177 (1) pp., illustrations including 2 plates and map. Publisher’s printed blue wrappers. - A useful tool, arranged in alphabetical order of places and under them of printers, so that it is possible to ascertain quickly which printers were at work in any town at any given date between 1501-1520. Norton shows that presses were at work in 49 centres, 19 of which had seen no printing in the previous century. This was a great period for Italian printing, including in it the heyday of Aldus, the beginning of Blado in Rome, Mazzocchi in Rome, and Minuziano in Milan. Reviewed by D.E. Rhodes, in The Book Collector, Autumn 1958, pp.310-314. ¶ Copy inscribed by H.M. Adams, January 1958. Wrapper fatigued.
(25.5 cm), 250 (4) pp., numerous illustrations. Bound in collector’s green cloth. - 206 editions are described. The author published addenda and corrigenda as ‘Annali di Giovann’Angelo Scinzenzeler stampatore in Milano (1500-1526). Supplemento’ in La Bibliofilia 95 (no. 3, 1993), pp.199-270. ¶ Copy 256 of 666. Excellent, unmarked copy.
(25.5 cm), 207 (3) pp., illustrations. Bound in collector’s red buckram, black skiver lettering-piece. - 167 editions are described. A native of Bergamo, Giacomo Mazzocchi arrived in Rome in 1505, and began to print there the same year. His fate during and after the Sack in 1527 remains a mystery; the tradition – accepted here by Ascarelli (nos. 166-167) – that Mazzocchi escaped, and found refuge in Zurich, where he printed two more books, has been disproved (see review of the present work by D.E. Rhodes, in The Library, June 1963, pp.152-153). ¶ Copy 258 (of 666). Excellent, unmarked copy.
Two volumes (24 cm), I: 444 (2) pp., illustrations. II: 573 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers, original card slipcases. - 1447 editions (1060 cinquecentine) are described. ¶ Copies 501 (volume Primo, Parte prima) and 201 (volume Primo, Parte seconda), each of 666 numbered copies. Small defects to the publisher’s slipcases; otherwise immaculate, unopened copies.
Four volumes bound as three (24 cm), I (1962): 444 (2) pp., illustrations. II (1963): 573 (1) pp., illustrations. [III] (1978): (2) 316 (2) pp., 10 leaves of plates. [IV] (1979): (2) 249 (3) pp., 6 leaves of plates. Uniformly bound in quarter-morocco, top edges gilt (collector’s initials on spine). - The first two volumes describe 1447 editions published by the Giunti at Venice, from 1481-1675; the other two volumes describe 940 editions (760 cinquecentine) issued by the Giunti at Florence. ¶ Superior set, rebound in quarter-morocco.
(25.5 cm), 218 pp., 9 plates. Bound in green buckram, a collector’s binding. - 545 editions are described (1 incunable, 30 cinquecentine). The great majority have been examined by the author, but fifty have proved untraceable and are described from notices of earlier bibliographers. Rhodes and the Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum (VII, p.lxxxvi) argue that the date “1488” in Maurus Servius Honoratus, De finalibus ([Printer of Servius, “De ultimis syllabis”, for Franciscus Octavius de Fano], 12 January) must be a misprint for “1478”; see, however, Attilio Carosi, Librai cartai e tipografi in Viterbo e nella provincia del patrimonio di S. Pietro in Tuscia nel secoli XV e XVI (Viterbo 1988), pp.23-27, who argues for the date as printed. Denis Reidy, “Bibliography of the published works of Dennis E. Rhodes” in The Italian Book, 1465-1800: Studies presented to Dennis E. Rhodes on his 70th Birthday (London 1993), no. 118. Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €56 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822219992). ¶ Very good copy.
(20.5 cm), 147 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Describes 64 editions published 1478/79-1538. Preliminary essays on the activities of Paganino and Alessandro Paganini at Isola del Garda and Salò, Venice and Toscolano. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
Three volumes (32 cm), I: 549 (3) pp. II: 529 (3) pp. III: 574 (2) pp. Uniform publisher’s cloth bindings, dust jacket (volume I only). - A catalogue of books with Piedmontese imprints, 1501-1600: Turin (vol. I); Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Borgolavezzaro, Carmagnola, Casale, Chivasso, Cuneo, Ivrea, Mondovì (vol. II); Nizza Monferrato, Novara, Novi Ligure, Saluzzo, Savigliano, Tortona, Trino, Varallo, Vercelli (vol. III). The contents of 42 Piedmontese libraries have been examined, besides occasional recourse to others, Italian and foreign, and the private collection of Count Andrea Bocca (who paid for the printing); about 1550 editions are described. Copy 450 of 990 printed “su carta uso mano di Fabriano” (another 10 copies produced “su carta Ingres di Fabriano”). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
(22 cm), 94 pp., illustrations. 258 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Reprinted in Bookman’s quintet: five catalogues about books: bibliography, printing history, booksellers, libraries, presses, collectors, by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine B. Stern (Newark, DE 1979). ¶ Pencil annotations on half-title. Corner of upper cover torn away. Good copy.
Six volumes (35 cm), profusely illustrated with plates (some in colour). Publisher’s leather-backed boards (not quite uniform). - Facsimile reprint of the edition Paris & Florence, Henri Leclerc & Leo S. Olschki, 1907-1914. ¶ Fine copy, as new.
(25 cm), xvi, 370 (2) pp., 8 plates. Bound in blue buckram, a collector’s binding. - 637 editions are described (3 incunables, 51 cinquecentine). “Let it be said at once that [Moranti] has done a thorough and, as far as I can judge, almost definitive piece of work very well; he has provided a long introduction on the various presses which operated in the town century by century; he has printed the text from a number of relevant documents from the local archives; and he has given descriptions of 637 editions printed at Urbino up to 1799 including those of which he cannot locate a copy today. There is a generous number of illustrations” (from a review by D.E. Rhodes, in The Library, volume 24, 1969, pp.61-62). Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €84 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822218568). ¶ Excellent copy.