La Fonte del Diporto

BORGOGNI, Gherardo: La Fonte del Diporto. Dialogo del Sig. Gherardo. Bergamo, Comin Ventura, 1598.

Quarto, fols. [iv] 62. FIRST EDITION. Printer’s device on title-page, woodcut initials, head and tailpieces. Light age-yellowing, otherwise a beautifully fresh copy in brown morocco gilt with green inlay by Loric, marbled endpapers, book plate of Baron de Landau, and another, unidentified.

The poet Gherardo Borgogni (1526–c. 1608), born in Monferrato, lived in Spain for a time before settling in Milan where he found patronage and friends, who included Torquato Tasso. The ‘Fonte del diporto’ is an important work since it provides valuable details concerning Borgogni’s contemporaries, notably the painter and draughtsman, Giovan Ambrogio Figino, the poets Giambattista Marino and Giuliano Goselini as well as the Accademia degli Inquieti of Milan, of which the poet was a member.

Rare, not in Adams or the British Library; Index Aureliensis (*122.415) records copies only in Berlin, Chicago, Milan, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Brunet (I 1116) indeed states: ‘Édition belle et rare. Quoique moins complète d’ailleurs que celle de 1602, elle renferme quelques morceaux qui n’ont pas été réimpr. dans cette dernière.’ Graesse I 497.

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