Title: Pictorii sacra et satyrica epigrammata, 1518
Author: Ludovicus Bigi Pittorio
Publisher: Basel, Johann Froben
A first edition of Pittorio’s Pictorii sacra et satyrica epigrammata, with the highly detailed woodcut title having been done by Hans Holbein the Younger, and the woodcut headers, by his elder brother Ambrosius. A rare work featuring work by both brothers and published only a year before Ambrosius’ death. Froben’s famous large woodcut device is also present at the end, with the colophon.
Of Pittorio himself, he was a religious humanist and poet, with some writings attributed to him as Georgius Pictorius. Born in Ferrara to Giovanna and Simone Bigi in 1452, it was there that he became a pupil to Battista Guarini (not to be confused with the dramatist and diplomat of the 16th century). He became a learned man of Latin and Greek, philosophy, theology and the Holy Scriptures. Though he did often write light-hearted and dedicatory poetry in his early years, by 1498 his work had taken a dramatic change, as he had converted to consecrated life as a member of the Servite Order. From there, his poetic works took on a more religious nature, addressing themes of spiritual meditation, and publishing several such works in the next quarter century.
One volume in octavo, 100+(2) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the boards. There is very light staining throughout. Quire K is lacking, being four leaves.