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An absolutely stunning book by Como – an authoritative historical work of the life and works of the twelve Visconti who ruled Milan in the 15th and 16th-centuries.

Paolo Giovio (1483 – 1552) was an Italian physician, historian, biographer, and prelate.

Visconti is the family name of two important Italian noble dynasties of the Middle Ages. There are two distinct Visconti families: the first one (chronologically) in the Republic of Pisa in the mid twelfth century who achieved prominence first in Pisa, then in Sardinia where they became rulers of Gallura. The second rose to power in Milan, where they ruled from 1277 to 1447 and where several collateral branches still exist. Pope Gregory X, who reigned from 1271 to 1276, was a member of the House of Visconti. The renowned director Luchino Visconti is a scion of this latter family.

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1632 1ed Lives of Twelve Visconti Duchy of MILAN Italy Como Giovio FINE BINDING

EXQUISITE & RARE Le vite dei dodeci Visconti

 

An absolutely stunning book by Como – an authoritative historical work of the life and works of the twelve Visconti who ruled Milan in the 15th and 16th-centuries.

 

Paolo Giovio (1483 – 1552) was an Italian physician, historian, biographer, and prelate.

 

Visconti is the family name of two important Italian noble dynasties of the Middle Ages. There are two distinct Visconti families: the first one (chronologically) in the Republic of Pisa in the mid twelfth century who achieved prominence first in Pisa, then in Sardinia where they became rulers of Gallura. The second rose to power in Milan, where they ruled from 1277 to 1447 and where several collateral branches still exist. Pope Gregory X, who reigned from 1271 to 1276, was a member of the House of Visconti. The renowned director Luchino Visconti is a scion of this latter family.

 

We find no other 1632 examples of this same book for sale; however we find 1645 printings for sale for $1,600!

 

Main author: Paolo Giovio (como); Lodovico Domenichi; G P Bianchi; Gio Battista Bidelli

 

Title: Le vite dei dodeci Visconti prencipi di Milano

 

Published: In Milano : Per Gio. Batta. Bidelli, 1632.

 

Language: Italian

 

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  • Beautiful modern, leather binding
  • The binding says 1633, however, we do not find any examples of 1633 printings. 1632 and 1645 printings are the only two that are known.
    • Publisher and dating on the bottom of the illustrated title page
  • Names included:
    • Lodovico Domenichi
    • Galeazzo Secondo
    • Otho
    • Magno Mattheo
    • Galeazzo Primo
    • Plus MORE

 

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Pages: complete with all 184 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: In Milano : Per Gio. Batta. Bidelli, 1632.

Size: ~7in X 4.5in (18cm x 12cm)

 

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Paolo Giovio (also spelled Paulo Jovio; Latin: Paulus Jovius; April 19, 1483 – December 11, 1552) was an Italian physician, historian, biographer, and prelate.

Contents  [hide]

1              Biography

2              Works

3              References

4              Sources

5              External links

Biography[edit]

Little is known about Giovio’s youth. He was a native of Como; his family was from the Isola Comacina of Lake Como. His father, a notary, died around 1500. He was educated under the direction of his elder brother Francesco, a humanist and historian. Although interested by literature, he was sent to Padua to study medicine. He graduated in 1511.

He worked as physician in Como but, after the spreading of the plague in that city he moved to Rome, settling there in 1513. Pope Leo X assigned him a cathedra of Moral Philosophy and, later, that of Natural Philosophy in the Roman university. He was also knighted by the Pope.[1] In the same period he started to write historical essays. He wrote a memoir of Leo soon after his death.

In 1517 he was appointed as personal physician by the Cardinal Giulio di Giuliano de’ Medici (the future pope Clement VII). In the field he wrote some treatises, like the De optima victus ratione, in which he expresses his doubts about the current pharmacology, and the need to improve prevention before the cure.

He helped Clement VII during the 1527 sack of Rome. From 1526 to 1528, he stayed on the island of Ischia as Vittoria Colonna’s guest.[2] In 1528, he became bishop of Nocera de’ Pagani. Giovio wrote an account of Dmitry Gerasimov’s embassy to Clement VII, which related detailed geographical data on Muscovy.

In 1536 Giovio had a villa built for him on Lake Como, which he called Museo, and which he used for his collection of portraits of famous people. After Clement’s death, he had retired. As well as paintings, he sought antiquities, etc., and his collection was one of the first to include pieces from the New World. A set of copies of the paintings from the collection, now known as the Giovio Series, is on display in the Uffizi Gallery.

In 1549 Pope Paul III denied him the title of Bishop of Como, and he decided to move to Florence, where he died in 1552.

Works[edit]

 

Monument to Paolo Giovo by Francesco da Sangallo, in San Lorenzo Basilica, Florence

He is chiefly known as the author of a celebrated work of contemporary history, Historiarum sui temporis libri XLV, of a collection of lives of famous men, Vitae virorum illustrium (1549‑57), and of Elogia virorum bellica virtute illustrium, (Florence, 1554), which may be translated as Praise of Men Illustrious for Courage in War (1554). He is best remembered as a chronicler of the Italian Wars. His eyewitness accounts of many of the battles form one of the most significant primary sources for the period. Many pages of his work are devoted to Skanderbeg.[3]

Giovio’s notable work include:

De romanis piscibus (1524)

De legatione Basilii Magni Principis Moschoviae (1525)

Commentario de le cose de’ Turchi (1531)

Elogia virorum litteris illustrium or Elogia doctorum virorum (1546)

Descriptio Britanniae, Scotiae, Hyberniae et Orchadum (1548)

Vitae (1549)

Pauli Jovii historiarum sui temporis (1550–52)

Elogia virorum bellica virtute illustrium (1554), as an eye witness of many people involved in the Italian Wars including Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba

Dialogo dell’imprese militari et amorose (1555)

Categories

Law & Government

European History

Authors

Paolo Giovio (como) Gio Battista Bidelli G P Bianchi Lodovico Domenichi

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Italian

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete