Villa Laurentii Mondanarii ubi nomina Florum Fructuum, Arborum & vitium cum ipsis Vuis cu(m) maxima Energia describuntur, Reverendissimo Cardinali Trivultio.

Mondanari, Lorenzo] - 'The only record of Cardinal Trivulzio's villa and garden', a lost renaissance country house

Editorial: Lyons, Pierre de Ste.-Lucie, 'called' Le Prince, 1541
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Villa Laurentii Mondanarii ubi nomina florum, fructuum, arborum & vitium cum ipsis Vuis cu[m] maxima ergia describuntur . Lyons, Pierre de Ste.-Lucie, called 'Le Prince', 1541. 12mo. [16]pages including title-page with large woodcut of an enclosed flower garden and 2 page dedication.Text in italic letter, decorative woodcut initials and printer's ornaments. Jansenist dark blue morocco (Obstein-Laurenchet), inner gilt dentelles, edges gilt. First edition of this invaluable contemporary description of an Italian Renaissance villa garden: a country estate poem in praise of the villa near Tivoli of the Italian Cardinal Agostino Trivulzio (c1485-1548), the leading advocate of France at the Papal Court during the 1520s to 1540s. Trivulzio was created a cardinal in 1517 by Pope Leo X. His villa was situated between Rome and Tivoli, at the confluence of the rivers Aniene and Salone; the poet remarks that it was possible to go round the estate in a small boat. It was laid out on a plain, with triangular-shaped plots bordered by hedges. Within the garden were several kinds of flowers,including lilies and violets, but above all many varieties of rose. Fruits planted were plums, peaches, pomegranates,pears of which several kinds are named, also an excellent variety for cooking (not named) which keeps well for at least a year. Apples too are numerous, as are figs, as are figs; several varieties are named. The golden quince hanging from knotty branches is recommended as a useful hedging plant. Among trees are the cypress, elm, oak, olive, broom and chestnut with the plane tree planted for its shade. A lengthy section is devoted to vines grown on the estate, from which 22 named types of wine are made, mentioning their characteristics and appropriate uses (for the 'second course', best when young'). In describing the actual villa, the poet tells us that it is adjacent to the stream of the Salone and reached by a drawbridge let down by iron cables. Many columns support the high roof, and marble steps lead to the gold and silver main door. The hall inside has a coffered ceiling painted with classical allegorical frescoes, and emblems representing the Cardinal's distinguished lineage; the symbol of three lilies alludes to his connections with France. The poem is of immense interest as an historical source. (Reprinted, as part of : Poemata aliquot insignia illustrium poetarum recentiorum in Basel by Robert Winter in 1544). Extremely rare. In fine condition. No copies in British Library, nor in Bibliotheque Nationale; not listed by Baudrier, Bibl.Lyonnaise. No copy recorded in the USA. References: Claudia Lazzaro, The Italian Renaissance Garden, London, 1990, pp76-77,81,297 no 17 (with tentative identification of the garden architect as the Sienese painter Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536), and with a plan (c1525) for Cardinal Trivulzio's garden held in the Uffizi (see p.77, fig. 69); see a summary of this work with excerpts in A.Tagliolini, Storia del giardino italiano; gli artisti, l'invenzione, le forme dall'antichita al XIX secolo, Florence, 1988, pp96-98 nn.19-20; C.V.Fabriczy, 'Das Landhaus des Kardinals Trivulzio am Salone', in Jahrbuch der koeniglich Preussischen Kunstsammlungen, 17, 1896, pp186-205; David R.Coffin, Gardens and Gardening in Papal Rome, 1991, p63 & fig,47) suggests that the Villa Trivulziana was designed to 'reflect Pliny's description of his Tuscan Villa'. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-12733965329

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Título: Villa Laurentii Mondanarii ubi nomina Florum...

Editorial: Lyons, Pierre de Ste.-Lucie, 'called' Le Prince

Año de publicación: 1541

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: 1st Edition

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