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Pierio Valeriano Bolzani (1477–1558), born Giampietro Valeriano Bolzani, was an Italian Renaissance humanist, favored by the Medici.

Among his books, De Infelicitate Literatorum and Hieroglyphica sive de sacris Aegyptiorum litteris commentarii are notable. De Infelicitate Literatorum is a treatise on the misfortunes of learned men, containing a number of anecodotes of misfortunes and poverty attending them, though some of the stories are of dubious authenticity. His Hieroglyphica, written during a frenzy of popularity surrounding the rediscovered Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, was a nearly thousand-page folio that constituted the first Renaissance dictionary of symbols, which would become a popular genre. It was published in Basel in 1556, reprinted seven times through 1678, and translated into French in 1576.

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Pierio Valeriano Bolzani (1477–1558), born Giampietro Valeriano Bolzani, was an Italian Renaissance humanist, favored by the Medici.

 

Among his books, De Infelicitate Literatorum and Hieroglyphica sive de sacris Aegyptiorum litteris commentarii are notable. De Infelicitate Literatorum is a treatise on the misfortunes of learned men, containing a number of anecodotes of misfortunes and poverty attending them, though some of the stories are of dubious authenticity. His Hieroglyphica, written during a frenzy of popularity surrounding the rediscovered Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, was a nearly thousand-page folio that constituted the first Renaissance dictionary of symbols, which would become a popular genre. It was published in Basel in 1556, reprinted seven times through 1678, and translated into French in 1576.

 

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Main author: Pierio Valeriano; Celio Augustino Curione

 

Title: Hieroglyphica, siue De sacris Aegyptiorum, aliarumque gentium literis commentarij Ioannis Pierij Valeriani Bolzanij Bellunensis

Published: Basileae : Per Thomam Guarinum, MDLXXV [1575]

 

Language: Latin

 

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  • Incredible woodcut engravings throughout!
  • Illustrations depict aspects of Egyptian culture and life including animals, idols, worship practices, costumes and customs,

 

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Binding: leather binding; front & back boards attached by rope cords.

Pages: complete with all 441 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such; text-block broken at pg. 229-247

Publisher: Basileae : Per Thomam Guarinum, MDLXXV [1575]

Size: ~13.25in X 8.75in (34cm x 22.5cm)

 

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Pierio Valeriano Bolzani (1477–1558), born Giampietro Valeriano Bolzani, was an Italian Renaissance humanist, favored by the Medici.

Life[edit]

Bolzani was born in Belluno. His family was poor, and he did not learn to read until age 15. An uncle invited him to Venice, but he instead went into the service of a noble for support, and was tutored in various languages. He studied philosophy at the University of Padua at age 23. He returned to Belluno later, but fled to Rome in 1509 to escape the occupation of the city by the Holy Roman Empire during the War of the League of Cambrai.[1]

In Rome, he became acquainted with Cardinal Giovanni de’ Medici, who would become Pope Leo X in 1513. Upon Leo X’s elevation, Bolzani frequented the papal court, and was provided for until the Pope’s death in 1521. After Leo X’s death, Bolzani went to Naples, but returned to Rome upon the accession of Leo X’s cousin, Pope Clement VII, in 1523. He took holy orders and was given a number of positions and titles, being made chair of eloquence, protonotary apostolic, private chamberlain, and given a canonry in Belluno. He also became private tutor to Alessandro de’ Medici and Ippolito de’ Medici. He accompanied Alessandro and Ippolito to Florence, but fled with them in 1527 when the Medici were expelled from the city in favor of a Republic; he returned along with them in 1530. After their deaths (Ippolito in 1535 and Alessandro in 1537), he moved to Belluno, and then to Padua, where he wrote a number of works, and died in 1558.[1]

Works[edit]

Among his books, De Infelicitate Literatorum and Hieroglyphica sive de sacris Aegyptiorum litteris commentarii are notable. De Infelicitate Literatorum is a treatise on the misfortunes of learned men, containing a number of anecodotes of misfortunes and poverty attending them, though some of the stories are of dubious authenticity.[1] His Hieroglyphica, written during a frenzy of popularity surrounding the rediscovered Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, was a nearly thousand-page folio that constituted the first Renaissance dictionary of symbols, which would become a popular genre. It was published in Basel in 1556, reprinted seven times through 1678, and translated into French in 1576 and 1615 and Italian in 1602.[2] He also wrote Latin poetry, which was well-known at the time.[1] In particular, a 1549 poem of his, “Pierus”, written in the shape of a pear, is an early example of concrete poetry; it was famous enough to be known in England, where it was attacked by Gabriel Harvey

 

Categories

Esoteric & Occult

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

Pierio Valeriano Celio Augustino Curione

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete