Petrarch's "Letter to Posterity". Incunable leaf, 1496


The father of Humanism & the Renaissance



Recto:  Text in Latin printed in a roman font on laid paper. 


Verso:   As Recto.


Printer:  Johann Amerbach, Basel


Date:  1496


Content:  A section of the text which begins on the first line: Qui viri excellentis amor et affectus…, reads in English: “The love and good-will of this excellent man [Stephano, head of the family of Colonnesi] toward me remained constant to the end of his life, and lives in me still, nor will it cease until I myself pass away.  On my return, since I experienced a deep-seated and innate repugnance to town life, especially in that disgusting city of Avignon which I heartily abhorred, I sought some means of escape. I fortunately discovered, about fifteen miles from Avignon, a delightful valley, narrow and secluded, called Vaucluse, where the Sorgue, the prince of streams, takes its rise. Captivated by the charms of the place, I transferred thither myself and my books.”


Condition:  This leaf is in good/very good antiquarian condition.  Apart from the expected edge browning and one worm hole, the leaf is clean and clear with full margins.   The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Notes: This edition of Petrarch’s collected works was edited by the German humanist and satirist Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), famous for his satire 'Das Narrenschiff’, (The Ship of Fools).  Petrarch (1304-1374) was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the Italian Renaissance and he is often called the "Father of Humanism". In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 290x200 mm. Text and illustrated area : approx.  210x140 mm.   Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $20. Overseas, ask for quote. 


Item No:  PSE 048

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