Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century). Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia. Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568.

Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century). Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia. Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568.

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Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century).

Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia. Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568.

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The descendants Ariosto’s characters

Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century).

Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia. Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568.

4° (200x150 mm). Collation: A-N8, O6. 218, [2] pages. Roman and italic type. Large woodcut printer's device on the title-page; a different device at the end. Woodcut animated initials. The Argomenti, at the beginning of every Canto, within a rich woodcut frame. Eigheenth-century vellum, over pasteboards. Spine with gilt title on red morocco lettering-piece. Marbled flyleaves, blue edges. A very good copy, title-page slightly waterstained.

The rare first and unique edition, dedicated to Alessandro Farnese, duke of Parma and Piacenza, of this twenty-cantos poem expressing the love of Rodomonte di Sarza for the beautiful Lucefiamma, daughter of Meandro, wealthy lord of a castle on the Genoese Riviera. It was written by Mario Telluccini, who was born in Popiglio (Pistoia) and called Il Bernia, and was active as a bookseller in Rome and as a courtier-poet in several cities. He was the companion of Torquato Tasso at the Ferrarese court of Alfonso II d'Este around 1543.

The Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo belongs to a group of poems inspired by Orlando Furioso, which feature not the characters in Ariosto's poem, but rather their descendants. In the Pazzie amorose, the protagonist, a grandson of Ariosto's Rodomonte, is a wicked character; he is contrasted by Fidelcaro, a positive hero, by whose hand he ends up dying.

Telluccini's other chivalric epics include Paride e Vienna (Genoa 1571), Artemidoro (Venice 1566), and Erasto (Pesaro 1566).

STC Italian 663; Ascarelli-Menato, p. 79; Melzi-Tosi, p. 283; A. Cutolo, I romanzi cavallereschi in prosa e in rima del fondo Castiglioni presso la Biblioteca Braidense di Milano, Milano 1944, p. 125; M. Beer, Romanzi di cavalleria: il 'Furioso' e il romanzo italiano del primo Cinquecento, Roma 1987, p. 383; Philobiblon, One Thousand Years of Bibliophily, no. 141.

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