Lorenzo de’Medici (1449-92) was the ruler of Florence and the principal statesman of his time. A contemporary of Columbus, Lorenzo is hardly known in the English-speaking world as a major Quattrocento writer, author of a large and varied body of poetry as well as an important literary treatise. His poetry and patronage were instrumental in renewing the vernacular literature of his age after a period of stagnation. That Lorenzo’s literary writings were for the most part never translated is a fascinating curiosity of history, attributable to the irreverent, bawdy subject matter of many of his poems, objections to his authoritarian politics, and the unconventional features of his poetic realism. Yet Lorenzo is now seen as the most interesting exponent of the cultural renaissance that he encouraged. His longer poems in particular reveal the central concerns, everyday activities, and favorite ideas of his day. No other Florentine writer succeeds in capturing as he does the beauty, seasonal changes, and rhythms of life of the Tuscan countryside. His poetic realism is that which sets him apart from his age, yet makes him such a vivid portrayer of it. Gilt titles on red leather label with extensive gilt decorations on vellum spine (half-leather with marbled boards); green ribbon bookmark; marbled end-papers; tissue-guarded b/w. woodcut frontis. Illustration of author; Italian text; a clean copy.
First Thus; 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall.
Author De’ Medici, Lorenzo
Binding Hardcover (Half Leather)
Publisher Barbera Branchi E Comp; Florence, Italy
Condition Near Fine Condition