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This is for a leaf lot of three (3) leaves of incunabula
from the "Opera Latina" which is a collected work of
Francesco Petrarca (Frances Petrarch). Petrarca (1304-1374) was
born in Arezzo Italy and studied law, writing and Latin literature,
sharing this passion with his friend Giovanni Boccaccio. In Avignon
Petrarch composed numerous sonnets, which acquired popularity.
In search for old Latin classics and manuscripts, he traveled
through France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. As a scholar and poet,
Petrarch soon grew famous, and in 1341 he was crowned as a poet
laureate in Rome. He was subsequently charged with various diplomatic
missions. The latter part of his life he spent in wandering from
city to city in northern Italy as an international celebrity.
Petrarch settled about 1367 in Padua, where he passed his remaining
years in religious exercises. He died in Arquà in the Euganean
Hills on July 18, 1374. Francis Petrarch had an enormous influence
on English literature, beginning in the sixteenth century. His
poems shaped much of Elizabethan lyric poetry, and Shakespeare's
sonnets could not exist without Petrarch's previous sonnets and
canzone. This edition of the "Opera" was complied and
edited by the famous 15th century humanist and man of letters
Sebastian Brant. Johann Amerbach printed it in the Swiss city
of Basel in 1496. The leaf measures 290 x 200 mm. in totality
and contains 55 lines of Roman type (8, 23, 24, 25) printed single
column in Latin with versal indents and guide letters. The verso
contains the same type, lines & layout. (Hain 12749, Oates
2791, Proctor 7608, Goff P-365, GW m31505) This leaf contains
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