GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]. Gaudenzio MERULA.
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]
An Unnoticed Americanum

GAUDENTII MERULAE NOVARIENSIS, MEMORABILIUM LIBER, PERQUAM UTILIS ET ERUDITUS. CUM PRIVILEGIO. [Vertically, on either side of Giolito’s woodcut device]: VIVO MORTE REFECTA MEA. VENETIIS APUD GABRIELEM IOLITUM ET FRATRES DE FERRARIIS. M D L. [Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550.]

Second edition (first published Borgolavezzaro: In Foro Lebetiorum, 1546)1 of Gaudenzio Merula’s book of wonders, a term here used loosely and perhaps with imprecision, for it is difficult to characterize this brief compendium of fact, myth, rumor, and prognostication. The Memorabilium, which is principally alchemical and astrological (natural and juridical), also contains short sections on subjects as variable as sports, aromatics, and the manufacture and use of love potions. Perhaps most compelling is the present edition’s status as an Americanum: in the first section, De Aquis, the following lines can be found: Vltra Hispaniolam occidentis insulam Bonicam insulam esse aiunt-Hispani, cuius aquæ potu reiuuenescāt senes. Aqua maris hyeme est calidior æstate frigidior, Autumno salsior. (Tr. The Spanish say that beyond the other side of Hispaniola, an island of the West, is the island of Bonica, whose waters revitalize old men when imbibed. The seawater is warmer in winter, colder in summer, and more saline in autumn.) The reference in Merula’s work to the fountain of youth on the island of Bonica (also called Boiuca or Agnaneo), that is to say Bimini, first mentioned by Peter Martyr in his Legatio Babylonica [Seville: Cromberger, 1511], appears to have gone unrecorded by bibliographers of Americana. Merula was charged with heresy in 1554, endured trial, and was forced to subtract and repudiate all material in the Memorabilium that was offensive to the Church. A curious work, uncommon in commerce.

Venice: Giolito De Ferrari, Gabriele & fratelli, 1550. Octavo, 160 x 106 x 18 mm (binding), 155 x 105 x 12 mm (text block). 64 ff., A-H8. A single interior woodcut, illustrating the sun warming an amphora of water, to H1r. Remboîtage of early sixteenth-century cypress boards, early endpapers pasted in, back renewed with a fragment of old calfskin recovered from a 16th-century French binding. Clasp lacking, wear to extremities. Interior: Damp to head of text block, margins a bit cozy, the binder's plough having touched a page number here and there, a scatter of later-than-contemporary marginalia. Item #13

Provenance: Custodial statement to title: J C dois Camilli de Senioribij 1716..

Bongi, Salvatore. Annali di Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato… (Vol. I). Rome: Librai, 1890, p. 303; Adams M1355; CNCE 26992. Not in Alden-Landis or Sabin. However, Sabin and Aldin-Landis note that in the third edition of the Memorabilium [Lyon: Bonhomme, 1556], a brief entry on insulæ Americanæ can be found on pp. 417-18. The passage mentions several Caribbean islands, as well as Peru and Brazil. EDIT16, KVK, and OCLC could not locate any institutional copies of the first edition. Bongi (as early as 1890) could not locate a copy to which he could compare the 1550 edition.

Price: $2,600.00