Poccianti, Michele (1536-1576).
Catalogus scriptorum Florentinorum omnis generis, quorum, et memoria extat, atque lucubrationes in literas relatae sunt ad nostra usque tempora... Florence, Filippo Giunta, 1589. (bound with:) Monti, Zaccaria (fl. 16th-17th century). Vita Kyriaci Strozae. Auctior. Paris, Adrien Périer for the Officina Plantiniana 1604. . Florence, Filippo Giunta, 1589.
Two works in one volume, 4° (231x156 mm). I. Collation: *2, A-L8, M4. , 172,  pages. Roman and italic type. Giunti's device on the title-page. Woodcut animated and decorated initials. II. Collation: A4. 7,  pages. Roman, and Greek type. Plantin's device on the title-page. Contemporary limp vellum, traces of ties. Smooth spine with inked title. A very good, tall copy.
Provenance: Zaccaria Monti (fl. 16th-17th century; annotations in his own hand in the margin of some pages, and on two leaves bound between Poccianti's Catalogus and the Vita Kyriaci Strozae); 'Moreau Mod. Paris' (old ownersphip inscription on the title-page); Theological Institute of Connecticut, East Windsor Hill (now defunct; blind stamps on the first three and the last three leaves).
The miscellany contains the first edition of Poccianti's famous Catalogus and the Vita Kyriaci Strozae by Zaccaria Monti, nephew of Ciriaco Strozzi and the earliest recorded owner of the present volume. Zaccaria wrote in the margin of Poccianti's entry dedicated to his uncle, annotations and emendations in his own hand. Further, the volume contains two leaves bound between the two printed texts: The first leaf bears some observations on Ciriaco Strozzi, “‘Hoc elogium reponendum est pag. 104 in littera K. Kyriacus Strozza Patritius florentinus, Zachariae filius, Graecarum litterarum cultor exactissimus ac omni disciplinarum genere instructissimus, Aristotelicae philosophiae defensor acerrimus”. The note on the second leaf regards Ciriaco's learned sister, the Dominican nun Lorenza Strozzi (d. 1591): “Hoc elogium reponendum est pag. 105 in litterar L. Laurentia Strozia, Kyriaci Strozae, summi peripatetici soror [...] scripsit in singula totius anni solemnia hymnos [...]”. Both quoted passages are taken from Poccianti's Catalogus scriptorum Florentinorum, a circumstance that might explain why Monti let these two editions be bound together for his library.
The Catalogus scriptorum Florentinorum by the Servite Poccianti, professor of philosophy and theology at the Florentine Studio, was published posthumously by one of his pupils, fra' Luca Ferrini, and dedicated by him to the Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici. The work is the first bio-bibliography of Florentine authors to appear in print, and is also considered one of the first bibliographies devoted to a single town and its territory. The Catalogus lists and describes the works of about six hundred authors arranged in alphabetical order, followed by a classification of them as theologians (including philosophers), doctors, lawyers, poets, etc.
The second edition bound here is the extremely rare pamphlet issued from the Parisian Officina Plantiniana, of which apparently only four copies are known. This is the first separate edition of the biography of Greek scholar Ciriaco Strozzi (1504-1565), the first having appeared in the Opera by Aristotle printed in Lyon in 1581.
I. Adams P-1677; Camerini Annali,157; Pettas 644; Philobiblon, One Thousand Years of Bibliophily, no. 164.