1557 Scarce Book - Petrarch's Remedies for Fortune Fair and Foul (De remediis utriusque fortunae)
Author : Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch)
Title : De Remediis utriusque fortunae : libri II, multo quam antea diligentius ab erratis ... repurgati atque emendati. (Complete 2 volumes bound in one).
Language : Text in Latin.
Publisher : Lutatiae, Guilielmum Cavellat, 1557.
Size : 5 " X 3 "
Pages : 811 pages
Binding : Very good full vellum binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed, old wax stain on front cover - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover.
Content : Very good content (bright and tight, rare foxing and staining, some notes from a previous owner on endpaper - as shown).
Estimate : (USD 700 - USD 950)
The book : Scarce 16th century edition of Petrarch's Remedies for Fortune Fair and Foul - De remediis utriusque fortunae being a collection of 254 Latin dialogues written by the humanist Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), commonly known as Petrarch. The dialogues, completed towards the end of Petrarch's life, are treasure-chests of wisdom and humour which have not lost their relevance despite the passing of six centuries. They display remarkably lucid ideas that are cogently expressed. Drawing on classical sources, Petrarch expounded on refinement in taste and intellect, on finesse and propriety in speech and style.
The writing is a bouquet of moral philosophy, set out to show how thought and deed can generate happiness on the one hand, or sorrow and disillusionment on the other. In a recurring theme throughout the dialogues, Petrarch advises humility in prosperity and fortitude in adversity.
The author : Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 18/19, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was a scholar and poet of Renaissance Italy who was one of the earliest humanists.
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