Pincio, Giano Pirro (fl. 1st half of the 16th century). De gestis ducum Tridentinorum....Mantua, Venturino Ruffinelli, 1546.

Pincio, Giano Pirro (fl. 1st half of the 16th century). De gestis ducum Tridentinorum....Mantua, Venturino Ruffinelli, 1546.

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Pincio, Giano Pirro (fl. 1st half of the 16th century).

De gestis ducum Tridentinorum. De Gallorum Senonum aduentu in Italiam. De origine vrbis Tridentinae. De appellatione et transitu Alpium. De confinibus Italiae. Libri duo.

Mantua, Venturino Ruffinelli, 1546.

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Pincio, Giano Pirro (fl. 1st half of the 16th century).

De gestis ducum Tridentinorum. De Gallorum Senonum aduentu in Italiam. De origine vrbis Tridentinae. De appellatione et transitu Alpium. De confinibus Italiae. Libri duo. Mantua, Venturino Ruffinelli, 1546.

Two parts in one volume, folio (310x205 mm). Collation: A-B8; †8, A-M8, N10. 16; [8], 104, [2] leaves. Complete with the last two leaves blank. Roman and italic type. Blank spaces for capitals, with printed guide letters. Contemporary limp vellum. Spine with three raised bands, with inked title. Outer corners of the upper cover skilfully repaired. A good, and genuine copy. A short inscription on the title-page inked out.

Rare first edition of the first printed and authoritative chronicle of Trent and surrounding regions, including what today forms South Tyrol, especially under its prince-bishops Georg Helideck (1505-1514), Bernardo Cles (1514-1539), and Cristoforo Madruzzo (1539-1567). The Mantuan humanist Pincio was court historian to Bishop Cles, and in 1539 was named poet laureate by Emperor Charles V; he dedicated his work to Aliprando, nephew of Bernardo, and especially noteworthy are the pages in which he describes the magnificent library assembled by the bishop in the palazzo vescovile in Trent.

Pincio adds to the chronicle De appellatione et transitu Alpium, a topography of the Tyrolian Alps and a guide to the alpine pass routes which contains the first reference in print to the Non Valley, mentioning Lake Tovel as the source of the tasty char that one can fish in the lake.

An Italian translation of the work was published in 1648.

G. Nova, Stampatori, librai ed editori bresciani in Italia del '500, Brescia 2000, p. 90; G. Tovazzi, Biblioteca tirolese, R. Stenico & I. Franceschini, eds., Trento 2006, p. 569; Philobiblon, One Thousand Years of Bibliophily, no. 105.

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