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Lot 0132

STRADA (Fiamino).

Prolusiones academicae. Nunc demum ab auctore recognitae, atque suis indicibus illustratae. Lugduni, Horatium Cardon, 1617, 8°, [12]-420-[2] bl.-[32] p. (dont le titre dans un encadrement gravé sur cuivre), plein veau brun glacé, dos à 4 nerfs et muet, petits fleurons dorés, filet doré et médaillon central aux plats, tranches dorées (coiffes restaurées, mors en partie fendus, 3 coins usés, intérieur frais). Ex-libris manuscrit de F. Bernardus de Smet, moine augustin à Termonde daté de 1698 et étiquette ex-libris moderne de P.P.C. Lammens. Publié la même année que l'originale à Rome. Strada est surtout connu pour son De Bello Belgico, mais ces lectures sur le style et la critique faites au "Collegium Romanum" furent très populaires. "The book is now remembered for two of several neolatin poems in an imaginary pageant supposedly under the patronage of Leo X, in which notable Renaissance figures appear in the guise of Roman poets (II, 5-6). Pietro Bembo appears as Lucretius, Baldassare Castiglione appears as Claudian, and his poem, the contest between the musician and the nightingale, became better known than anything by Claudian himself. There are two fine, but very different, contemporary imitations in English, the first by John Ford in The Lover's Melancholy (1629), the other by Richard Crashaw, as Music's Duel" (Gordon, Lucretius, 303-7). Strada is in fact remembered for one other passage in the same book : his suggestion for an early form of electric telegraph, positing the possibility of "two persons communicating by the aid of two magnetized needles influenced by each other at a distance".

Estimation : 75/100€
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