Only Edition. Bolognese poet Pierluigi Tarinti's first-person verse narrative, in traditional Dantean terza rima, recounts the author's horseback journey from Bologna to Scandiano (via Modena) one fine day "in the month which comes after August." Tarinti, who addresses his brother, plans a leisurely trip—partly because he might be a bit hung over, and partly because he finds equine travel highly annoying. Tarinti dines on roast and wine at the Boschetti house in Modena, then rises early, with companions, and heads to Scandiano. On the way, they rest at a hostel on the Scecchia River, where Tarinti is charmed by the hostelier's wife, whom he describes as honest, modest, and beautiful, and goes on to compare her to Petrarch's legendary Laura. Tarinti leaves in the morning, perhaps a bit sad, then encounters a man preparing for a duel, which Tarinti condemns. Our poet returns to the hostel, and ends his verse with a colloquial prayer: A Dio, se siete sano, n'ho piacere. Tarinti refers at one point to vino blanco e nero; we are entirely unclear what "black wine" might have been in northeastern Italy in the mid-sixteenth century. Taranti's poem was likely published at the beginning of the printer and papermill owner Alessandro Benacci's career, perhaps around 1559, when he worked in collaboration with Giovanni Rossi. A most entertaining, humorous, and sometimes melancholy verse narrative by an almost completely unknown Bolognese poet. A single copy located in institutional collections, at the Biblioteca comunale dell'Archiginnasio in Bologna.
Bologna: Alessandro Benacci, c1559.
Quarto, 197 x 144 x 4 mm (binding); 194 x 142 x 1 mm (text block). A4 =4 ff. 20th-c binding of older vellum (manuscript faintly visible through membrane) drummed over thin boards, text block bulked up with six free endpapers (three before, three aft); titled on spine in manuscript: TARTITI [sic] — SATIRA. Boards a bit bowed. Interior: Light foxing and soiling; old, closed tear to foremargin of A3.
Evidently sold at Forum Auctions, 2 Dec 2015, lot 790. Acquired by W. S. Cotter Rare Books from Fabrizio Govi, Modena, January 2021. Penciled notes on endpapers are Govi's, and confirm that he was the buyer at Forum.
EDIT16 CNCE 73131; USTC 858090 (both recording the only known institutional copy, at Biblioteca comunale dell'Archiginnasio-Bologna); Ascarelli, Tipografia cinquecentima (on Benacci).