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De primi principii della lingua romana

Della lingua romana

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Author Francesco Priscianese (Italian, active 1540–1547), Printer Bartolomeo Zanetti (Italian, active 1514–1543)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sander 5881(Lingua romana) & 5882 (Primi principii [1545 ed.]); British Museum, STC Italian, p. 539 (Lingua romana)


Overall: 21 x 15 x 4.2 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with four woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Bartolomeo Zanetti, 1540) Quarto; 32 & 308 leaves [two parts bound as one]; eighteenth-century gilt-stamped red morocco, red cloth slipcase.

Illustrations: ornamental woodcut border with portrait of author; allegorical device with initials “FS / DN” and motto “Omnia octo” (fol. D8v); both repeated in second part.

Venice: Bartolomeo Zanetti, 1540


William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, December 14, 1944.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund