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1 BLACK, ROBERT & LAW, JOHN E. (EDITORS). The Medici: Citizens And Masters.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2015. Villa I Tatti Series 32. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Medici controlled fifteenth-century Florence. Other Italian rulers treated Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1492) as an equal. To his close associates, he was "the boss" ("master of the workshop"). But Lorenzo liked to say that he was just another Florentine citizen. Were the Medici like the kings, princes, and despots of contemporary Italy? Or were they just powerful citizens? The Medici: Citizens and Masters offers a novel, comparative approach to answering these questions. It sets Medici rule against princely states such as Milan and Ferrara. It asks how much the Medici changed Florence and contrasts their supremacy with earlier Florentine regimes. Its contributors take diverse perspectives, focusing on politics, political thought, social history, economic policy, religion and the church, humanism, intellectual history, Italian literature, theater, festivals, music, imagery, iconography, architecture, historiography, and marriage. The book will interest students of history, Renaissance studies, Italian literature, and art history as well as anyone keen to learn about one of history's most colorful, influential, and puzzling families. 444 pages, 7 x 10 inches, 43 color photographs, 8 halftones. Robert Black is Professor Emeritus of Renaissance History at the University of Leeds. John E. Law is a Reader in History at Swansea University. "A major collection of essays by twenty-two scholars in the field… The editors, Robert Black in particular, do a superb job of highlighting the volume's brief."—Lauro Martines, The Times Literary Supplement 
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2 BROTTON, JERRY. The Renaissance Bazaar: From The Silk Road To Michelangelo.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 2003. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
First clear and concise account of the Renaissance as a global phenomenon as opposed to a purely European event. An important new vision of the Renaissance for the 21st century by a young Renaissance scholar of a new generation. Controversially disputes traditional view of a single Renaissance - proposing that this was a vibrant cultural period when western and eastern cultures mixed to great mutual benefit Considers the Renaissance in terms of both science and the arts. Offers both a comprehensive overview of a global Renaissance and a new view of the role of the East in the development of the European Renaissance. Argues that there are significant parallels between the Renaissance and our own era. Includes an Index. 39 halftones & 8 color plates. 
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3 BROTTON, JERRY. The Renaissance Bazaar: From The Silk Road To Michelangelo.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 2002. First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
First clear and concise account of the Renaissance as a global phenomenon as opposed to a purely European event. An important new vision of the Renaissance for the 21st century by a young Renaissance scholar of a new generation. Controversially disputes traditional view of a single Renaissance - proposing that this was a vibrant cultural period when western and eastern cultures mixed to great mutual benefit Considers the Renaissance in terms of both science and the arts. Offers both a comprehensive overview of a global Renaissance and a new view of the role of the East in the development of the European Renaissance. Argues that there are significant parallels between the Renaissance and our own era. Includes an Index. 39 halftones & 8 color plates. 
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4 CAMPOREALE, SALVATORE; ELAM, CAROLIEN; KENT, F. W. (EDITORS). I Tatti Studies: Essays In The Renaissance, Volume 1.
The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence: 1985. s Softcover. Good condition. Covers are soiled and stained. Text is in very good condition. 
Italian Text. 
Price: 46.79 USD
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5 CASTIGLIONE, BALDASSARE; WHITFIELD, J. H. (INTRODUCTION). The Book Of The Courtier.
J. M. Dent & Sons, London / E. P. Dutton, New York: 1975. 0460118072 / 9780460118071 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Published in Venice in 1528, The Book of the Courtier remains one of the most vivid accounts of Italian court life during the Rennaissance. Translatted into English from the Italian by Sir Thomas Hoby. 
Price: 20.07 USD
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6 CHAMBERLIN, E. R. Everyday Life In Renaissance Times.
Perigee Books, New York: 1980. 0399500774 / 9780399500770 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Provides information about the Renaissance not readily obtained elsewhere. its subject--absolutely essential of that great age-- is the social background of the Renaissance. Includes an Index. 
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7 CHAMPNEY, ELIZABETH W. Romance Of Roman Villas ( The Renaissance).
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York: 1908. h Hardcover with no dustjacket. Good reading copy. 
Contents include "The Eyes of a Basilisk," "The Fingers of Apollo," "A Cellini Casket," "Flower O' The Peach," "With Tasso at Villa D'Este," "Mondragone," "The Adventure of the Knight of the Brandished Lance," "The Ladies of Palliano," and "The Lure of Old Rome." Illustrated. 
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8 D'ELIA, ANTHONY F. Pagan Virtue In A Christian World: Sigismondo Malatesta And The Italian Renaissance.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2016. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In 1462 Pope Pius II performed the only reverse canonization in history, publicly damning a living man. The target was Sigismondo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini and a patron of the arts with ties to the Florentine Renaissance. Condemned to an afterlife of torment, he was burned in effigy in several places in Rome. What had this cultivated nobleman done to merit such a fate? Pagan Virtue in a Christian World examines anew the contributions and contradictions of the Italian Renaissance, and in particular how the recovery of Greek and Roman literature and art led to a revival of pagan culture and morality in fifteenth-century Italy. The court of Sigismondo Malatesta (1417-1468), Anthony D'Elia shows, provides a case study in the Renaissance clash of pagan and Christian values, for Sigismondo was nothing if not flagrant in his embrace of the classical past. Poets likened him to Odysseus, hailed him as a new Jupiter, and proclaimed his immortal destiny. Sigismondo incorporated into a Christian church an unprecedented number of zodiac symbols and images of the Olympian gods and goddesses and had the body of the Greek pagan theologian Plethon buried there. In the literature and art that Sigismondo commissioned, pagan virtues conflicted directly with Christian doctrine. Ambition was celebrated over humility, sexual pleasure over chastity, muscular athleticism over saintly asceticism, and astrological fortune over providence. In the pagan themes so prominent in Sigismondo's court, D'Elia reveals new fault lines in the domains of culture, life, and religion in Renaissance Italy. 368 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches, 25 halftones. Anthony F. D'Elia is Professor of History at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. "Ideas mattered materially in the world of Sigismondo Malatesta, and it's the sharp clash of ideas that forms the fascinating heart of Pagan Virtue in a Christian World."—Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly "Well-crafted and thoughtfully written, Pagan Virtue in a Christian World is by far the most comprehensive treatment we possess of the humanistic literature produced in Rimini under Sigismondo Malatesta. This is an important contribution to Renaissance studies, one that will considerably enrich our current understanding of the cultural dynamics that characterized Italian humanism in its courtly setting."—Gary Ianziti, University of Queensland "This is an elegantly designed, splendidly composed, and immensely learned work on Renaissance civilization, centered on, but not limited by, the heroic career of one of its notorious antiheroes. Not many authors can combine high scholarship with dramatic narrative, but D'Elia does."—Margaret King, Brooklyn College 
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9 DAVIS, ROBERT C. & LINDSMITH, BETH. Renaissance People: Lives That Shaped The Modern Age.
Getty Publications, Los Angeles: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The Renaissance burst forth in all its glory around 1500 and spread throughout Europe. This period of great creativity and productivity in the arts and sciences is illuminated in this book through the lives of more than ninety of its illustrious intellectuals, artists, literary figures, scientists, and rulers. Included are such major figures as Lorenzo and Catherine de' Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles V, Martin Luther, Christopher Columbus, Nicolaus Copernicus, and St. Teresa of Ávila, as well as lesser-known characters such as Antonio Rinaldeschi, "gambler and blasphemer"; Louise Labé, "the jousting poetess"; Dick Tarlton, "the queen's comedian"; Veronica Franco, "courtesan and wordsmith"; and Catena, "rustler, robber, and bandit chief." Each section in this volume marks a chronological stage in Europe's rebirth, tying the period's intellectual currents to its political and social concerns and setting the context for the individual biographies. Robert C. Davis is professor of Italian Renaissance and Early Modern Mediterranean history at Ohio State University and author of Holy War and Human Bondage: Tales of Christian-Muslim Slavery in the Early-Modern Mediterranean (Praeger, 2009) and Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City (University of California Press, 2004). Beth Lindsmith is a teacher in the Department of English at Ohio State University and a freelance journalist. 
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10 EDITORS OF HORIZON MAGAZINE; KETCHUM, RICHARD M. (EDITOR IN CHARGE); PLUMB, J. H. (AUTHOR). The Horizon Book Of The Renaissance.
American Heritage Publishing Co., New York: 1961. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Fair condition. Dustjacket is worn and missing several pieces. 
A comprehensive picture history of almost every facet of Renaissance life: people, politics, cities, arts, commerce, war, literature, philosophy, manners, and morals. Pictures run throughout the book. There are 480 illustrations in all, 160 in full color. Includes an Index. 
Price: 19.86 USD
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11 HALE, J. R. Renaissance Fortifications: Art Or Engineering.
Thames and Hudson, London: 1977. A Presentation Copy. h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. Includes slipcase. 
This is the Eighth of the annual Walter Neurath Memorial Lectures given in 1976. 
Price: 71.25 USD
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12 KRISTELLER, PAUL OSKAR. Renaissance Thought And The Arts: Collected Essays.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1990. 0691020108 / 9780691020105 An Expanded Edition, with a New Afterword. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Written by an eminent authority on the Renaissance, these classic essays deal not only with Paul Kristeller's specialty, Renaissance humanism and philosophy, but also with Renaissance theories of art. The focus of the collection is on topics such as humanist learning, humanist moral thought, the diffusion of humanism, Platonism, music and learning during the early Renaissance, and the modern system of arts in relation to the Renaissance. For this volume the author has written a new preface, a new essay, and an afterword. Includes an Index. "[This book] includes some of Professor Kristeller's most celebrated essays. . . . no student of the Renaissance can afford not to have read these--the most perfect--introductions to Renaissance thought. . . . One of the main merits of the present book is that it contributes to the survival of truly great scholarship. The elegant and erudite essays contained in it should serve as models for every historian of ideas." - The Heythrop Journal "[These] papers . . . illuminate various aspects of Renaissance thought through the impressive mediums of a copious and detailed knowledge of original materials, a seemingly limitless comprehension of the whole subject, a clear, clean style, and a wise, learned, and scholarly mind." - The Personalist 
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13 KRISTELLER, PAUL OSKAR. Renaissance Thought: The Classic, Scholastic, And Humanistic Strains.
Harper Torchbooks, New York: 1961. Academic Library Series. Revised and Enlarged edition of The Classics and Renaissance Thought. s Softcover. Good condition. 
"These brilliant lectures offer a synthesis of the insights and wideranging knowledge of the Renaissance thought posessed by a great and brilliant scholar. " --Seventeenth Century News. Includes an Index. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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14 MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLŮ; MANSFIELD, JR., HARVEY (INTRODUCTION. Florentine Histories.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1990. 0691008631 s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Translated into English from the Italian by Laura F. Banfield and Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. "This translation . . . of Machiavelli's thoughts on his native city is meant to be less colloquial and closer to the original than the typical translation. This highlights how Machiavelli used words (and thought) differently from us. . . . Machiavelli is too often remembered merely as the realist who took the morality out of virtue.' As the Histories demonstrate, he was also a gifted writer and historian." - Virginia Quarterly Review "Banfield and Mansfield's new rendition of the Renaissance humanist's study of Florentine history aims to supply contemporary readers with a literal, exact, and readable version of the original. . . . Machiavelli's concept of history and his purpose in charting the story of Florence and its leading families are thoroughly examined before the translators lead their readers into the substance of the social philosopher's arguments and into a work of literature that once again comes alive." - Booklist 
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15 MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLŮ; MANSFIELD, JR., HARVEY (INTRODUCTION. Florentine Histories.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1990. 0691008631 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Translated into English from the Italian by Laura F. Banfield and Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. "This translation . . . of Machiavelli's thoughts on his native city is meant to be less colloquial and closer to the original than the typical translation. This highlights how Machiavelli used words (and thought) differently from us. . . . Machiavelli is too often remembered merely as the realist who took the morality out of virtue.' As the Histories demonstrate, he was also a gifted writer and historian." - Virginia Quarterly Review "Banfield and Mansfield's new rendition of the Renaissance humanist's study of Florentine history aims to supply contemporary readers with a literal, exact, and readable version of the original. . . . Machiavelli's concept of history and his purpose in charting the story of Florence and its leading families are thoroughly examined before the translators lead their readers into the substance of the social philosopher's arguments and into a work of literature that once again comes alive." - Booklist 
Price: 35.63 USD
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16 PATER, WALTER The Renaissance; Studies In Art And Poetry.
Mentor Book, New York; 1959 Fourth Printing. s Softcover. Reading copy. 

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17 PATER, WALTER; SYMONS, ARTHUR (INTRODUCTION). The Renaissance.
The Modern Library., New York: 1919. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Reading copy. Illustrative clippings glued in by former owner and some associated stains. 
Two early French stories, Pico Della Mirandola. Sandro Botticelli. Luca Della Robbia. The Poetry of Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci. The School of Giorgione, Joachim du Bellay, Winckelmann. 
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18 PETTAS, WILLIAM A. The Giunti Of Florence: A Renaissance Printing And Publishing Family.
Oak Knoll Press, New Castle: 2013. h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. 
This ambitious project explores in detail the history and output of the Giunti Press in Florence, covering the firm from its beginnings in 1497 to its end in 1625, and providing descriptions of each Giunti book published with extensive indication of the libraries holding copies of each edition. In doing so, it addresses issues of censorship, the development of the Italian language from Florentine dialect, and the larger literature and history of Florence in the late Renaissance. Printer and publisher Aldus Manutius, founder of Aldine Press, is well known among students of Renaissance Italian literature and history. Less has been published on the Guinti, however, a family whose members established operations over much larger territory than the Aldine press, collectively achieving much greater financial resources and surviving for a longer period of time. Their role in the history of Italian literature was significant and deserves an extensive review. The aim, then, of the present history is to tell the story of this late Renaissance Florentine printer-publisher. Part I of the book covers all aspects of the Giunti family and the press, the nature of its output, its relationship to the governments of Florence and Tuscany, to social conditions, to the economy, to members of their own family, to their editors, and to the strictures of censorship. Names of Greek authors and editors in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries have been cited in a transliteration of the Greek rather than the usual Western form, and libraries holding Florentine Giunti editions have been listed by country. The catalogue in Part II provides a basic description of all known editions, as well as some unsigned editions that others have attributed to the Giunti, seeking to identify as many surviving exemplars as possible. In addition, the book provides Giunti images, genealogical tables, a chronological list of editions by language, and a list of works cited. Dr. William Pettas is a native of Buffalo, NY, and has had a long career in public and academic library administration. His research has focused on the Giunti family of Florence, and he has published extensively on their firms in Florence, Rome, Venice, Lyon, Burgos, Salamanca, and Madrid. In researching this book, he has traveled extensively to libraries with rare book collections in the US, England, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. 
Price: 185.25 USD
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19 PIUS II; GABEL, LEONA C. (EDITOR & INTRODUCTION); RUBINSTEIN, RUTH OLITZKY (ILLUSTRATIONS SELECTED BY). Memoirs Of A Renaissance Pope: The Commentaries Of Pius II.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York: 1959. Abridge Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition but part of the dustjacket at the top of the spine is missing. 
The only autobiography ever left by a pope, The Commentaries of Pius II constitute one of the revealing documents of the Renaissance. Its author was statesman, poet, humanist, incorrigible traveler and nature-lover, and, like its author, the work fits into no category, combining autobiography, memoir, diary and history. Translated into English by Florence A. Gragg. Includes an Index. 
Price: 46.55 USD
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20 ROSS, SARAH GWYNETH. I Tatti Studies In Italian Renaissance - History: Everyday Renaissances: The Quest For Cultural Legitimacy In Venice.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2016. I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The world of wealth and patronage that we associate with sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italy can make the Renaissance seem the exclusive domain of artists and aristocrats. Revealing a Renaissance beyond Michelangelo and the Medici, Sarah Gwyneth Ross recovers the experiences of everyday men and women who were inspired to pursue literature and learning. Ross draws on a trove of original unpublished sources—wills, diaries, household inventories, account books, and other miscellany—to reconstruct the lives of over one hundred artisans, merchants, and others on the middle rung of Venetian society who embraced the ennobling virtues of a humanistic education. These men and women sought out the latest knowledge, amassed personal libraries, and passed both their books and their hard-earned wisdom on to their families and heirs. Physicians were often the most avid—and the most anxious—of professionals seeking cultural legitimacy. Ross examines the lives of three doctors: Nicolė Massa (1485-1569), Francesco Longo (1506-1576), and Alberto Rini (d. 1599). Though they had received university training, these self-made men of letters were not patricians but members of a social group that still yearned for credibility. Unlike priests or lawyers, physicians had not yet rid themselves of the taint of artisanal labor, and they were thus indicative of a middle class that sought to earn the respect of their peers and betters, protect and advance their families, and secure honorable remembrance after death. Sarah Gwyneth Ross is Associate Professor of History, Boston College. "An innovative, highly significant, and original contribution to the study of early modern European cultural history. Ross makes a concrete, well-documented case that cultural pursuits served an important set of purposes in helping early modern people craft their identities."—Christopher S. Celenza, author of Machiavelli: A Portrait "Everyday Renaissances rests on a solid foundation of original archival research; Ross has mined inventories and testaments for what they can tell us about the humanistic values and aspirations of their subjects. Clearly-written and logically structured, this is a significant addition to our understanding of Venetian Renaissance humanism."—Craig Kallendorf, author of Humanist Educational Treatises 
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