Oregon House: Petrarch Press, 2004. Francesco Petrarca is best known as one of the first writers to experiment with the Italian vernacular for poetic expression. For his letters, however, he relied on the lingua franca of Latin, developing a sophisticated yet intimate style that returned to the more classical forms of Virgil and, above all, Cicero. In these letters & addressed with fine impartiality to friends, poets, and illustrious men both living and dead (including Cicero and Homer) & Petrarch ranges over a variety of subjects, yet always exhibits an earnest striving for greatness of spirit together with a sometimes rueful acknowledgment of his own shortcomings. Passages from his letters were selected and translated by Miss Johanna Lohse (1839-1911) in Florence, and published in 1900 in a charming pocket-sized edition by J. M. Dent & Co. in London. Peter Bishop chose this unusual volume, now rare, to be the first publication of the newly revived Petrarch Press. Fine condition with some minor bumps to slipcase. Item #13731
From a complete edition of 150 copies, this is one of 20 numbered copies (I-XX) printed on sheepskin parchment and bound in full Navy leather with leather bound slipcase; The first publication since the death of the press's founder, Peter Bishop; Text, set in Dante with Goudy Lambardic Caps, was printed by hand on an 1851 Super Royal Albion press; Book design, ornaments, and binding by Peter Cohen; 5 x 7-1/2 inches, pages xvi, 134.