Florence, Italy: In officina Laurentii Torrentini Ducalis Typographi, 1551. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. Very good+ condition. Item #004493
340 pages of text, followed by [iii] (index of illustrations, etc). Beautiful modern half leather binding with marbled paper-covered boards. Leather spine labels with gilt lettering; date of publication in gilt at bottom of spine. Title page with neat repair to corner, and moderate soiling; woodcut engraving of the Medici arms. Early bookplate mostly removed from reverse of title page. Illustrated with 142 woodcut initials. Except for minor soiling to first several and final few pages, text is remarkably clean and bright. "Pavli Iovii Novocomensis Episcopi Nucerini." Includes four pages of text on Christopher Columbus (Christophori Columbi) including a 24-line poem of sorts (Iani Vitalis).