Le ricchezze della lingua volgare sopra il Boccaccio ... Di nuouo ristampate, ricorrette, et ampliate dallo istesso autore, con le dechiarationi, regole, osservationi et aggiontoui le cadenze o uero definenze di tutte le uoci del detto Boccaccio, e del Petrarcha, per ordine di alphabeto, col Decamerone secondo l’originale, e ristampato dall’Academia Fiorentina, e segnato co i numeri corrispondenti all’opera.

Venice, Paulo Gherardo and Comin da Trino, 1557.

4to, ff. 395, [1]; large woodcut with portrait of Alunno on title-page and large woodcut device to recto of last leaf; title-page a little worn at head, some very light damp staining, pinholes/small worm tracks to lower outer corners of quires M to X, occasional small tears and creases to corners; a very good copy in contemporary yellow limp vellum, ink lettering to spine and bottom edge, modern inked label to spine; printed label ‘Ex libris Jo: Sonsis’ and two modern ink stamps to title (one repeated on endpaper and f. 17r).

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The fourth Venetian edition of Alunno’s highly successful glossary of Boccaccio’s Decameron. Also known as Del Bailo, Alunno (1484-1556) received a scholastic and humanistic education in his native Ferrara before moving to Udine to teach arithmetic and calligraphy, and thence to Venice where he gained fame as a writing master. His first publication, Osservazioni sopra il Petrarca (1539), was an index of Petrarchian vocabulary and the Ricchezze is an analogous work devoted to Boccaccio. The first edition met with instant success, with 2000 copies quickly selling out. The alphabetical index to the Decameron is followed by an appendix covering words of similar pronunciation but different meaning, difficult words used by Dante and Petrarch, obsolete Tuscan vocabulary, and words used exclusively in poetry or prose. The work ends with a short grammar of the ‘volgar lingua’. Alunno’s importance as a lexicographer lies in his close examination of the vocabulary of the two authors Pietro Bembo advocated as models for imitation. The Ricchezze was followed by Alunno’s most famous work, the Fabrica del Mondo (1548), a vocabulary of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and other authors.

BL STC Italian p. 21; Index Aureliensis, 104.197.

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