Croniche di Messer Giovanni Villani cittadino Fiorentino
Venezia: Bartholomeo Zanetti Casterzagense, 1537. Giovanni Villani - Croniche di Messer Giovanni Villani cittadino Fiorentino – 1573
CRONICHE DI MESSER GIOVANNI VILLANI CITTADINO FIOREN-Tino nelle quali si tratta dell'origine di Firenze nella Italia & nelle quali anchora fa mentione dal principio del mondo infino al tempo dell'Autore, di tutte le guerre state per il modo cosi de principi christiani fra loro come de gli infedeli, & de christiani con gli infedeli. Historia nova & utile a saper le cose passate fatte per tutto l'universo.
Hassi nel priuilegio & nella gratia ottenuta dalla Illustrissima Signoria che in questa ne in niun'altra Citta del suo dominio si possa imprimere ne altrove impresse uendere le Croniche di Giouan Villani cittadino fiorentino & anchora come si contiene nel breue apostolico che per anni dieci sotto pena di escomunicatione che nessuno possa imprimere dette Croniche ne altroue impresse uendere come in esso priuilegio & breue apostolico si contiene.
[Al colophon] Venezia, Bartholomeo Zanetti Casterzagense, agosto 1537.
Princeps editor of the medieval chronicle of the city of Florence.
First Folio edition of the medieval history of Florence by the Florentine merchant Villani (1280-1348). Beautiful large woodcut on the frontispiece, attributed to Titian (Essling III, 172).
Famous chronicle of the main historian of the Middle Ages, which accurately describes the history and development of Florence, its trade, industry, social classes, religious customs, relations with its neighbors, and its incessant and passionate internal struggle. This edition contains the first 10 books, the last two will not appear until the second edition of 1554.
Parenti, 511. Graesse, VII, 317. BMC, 725. Brunet, V, 1225.
Thus in the subtitle: "... in which it is a question of the origin of Florence in Italy & in which it still mentions from the beginning of the world up to the time of the Author, of all the wars that have occurred for the manner of Christian princes among themselves as of the infidels, & of christians with the infidels. Historia nova & useful to know the past things done for the whole universe ".
Giovanni Villani (Florence, 1280 - Florence, 1348) was an Italian merchant, historian and chronicler, known above all for having written the New Chronicle, a historical account of the city of Florence and the events of the same period.
Born in Florence around 1280, he worked as a merchant and banker. He also participated in the public life of Florence in the first half of the fourteenth century.
During this period he became a member of the commission for the new gabelles; in 1324 he oversaw the construction of the walls and was an officer assigned to cope with the famine that gripped Florence in 1329.
In 1331 he began his decline from the political scene, following an accusation of embezzlement (later revealed to be unfounded) that had been brought against him at the time he had been treasurer of the Municipality for the construction of the walls. He was involved in the banking failure of the Buonaccorsi family and imprisoned for a short time in the Stinche, around 1346, as he was considered a fugitive merchant. He died of the plague in 1348: while he was working on his chronicle, he was struck down by the disease in such a sudden way that he left a sentence unfinished.
In folio, Carte .nn. 10 + cc. 219. Subsequent binding in half parchment with painted plates, titles on the spine on cuffs in Moroccan. Marginal copy and printed on strong paper. On the title page, signature of possession canceled, engraving with "Puttino in cornice" also applied to the last card, reproduced on coeval paper, register with colophon, at the end of the volume. See PARENTI, 511. GRAESSE, VII, 317. BMC, 725. BRUNET, V, 1225.
31,6 x 23,2 cm. Item #89