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Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century)

Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568

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Telluccini, Mario (fl. end of the 16th century). Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo, composte per Mario Teluccini, sopranominato il Bernia. Parma, Seth Viotti, 1568

4° (200x150 mm). Collation: A-N8, O6. 218, [2] pages. Roman and italic type. Large woodcut printer's device on the title-page; a different device at the end. Woodcut animated initials. The Argomenti, at the beginning of every Canto, within a rich woodcut frame. Eigheenth-century vellum, over pasteboards. Spine with gilt title on red morocco lettering-piece. Marbled flyleaves, blue edges. A very good copy, title-page slightly waterstained.

The rare first and unique edition, dedicated to Alessandro Farnese, duke of Parma and Piacenza, of this twenty-cantos poem expressing the love of Rodomonte di Sarza for the beautiful Lucefiamma, daughter of Meandro, wealthy lord of a castle on the Genoese Riviera. It was written by Mario Telluccini, who was born in Popiglio (Pistoia) and called Il Bernia, and was active as a bookseller in Rome and as a courtier-poet in several cities. He was the companion of Torquato Tasso at the Ferrarese court of Alfonso II d'Este around 1543.

The Le pazzie amorose di Rodomonte secondo belongs to a group of poems inspired by Orlando Furioso, which feature not the characters in Ariosto's poem, but rather their descendants. In the Pazzie amorose, the protagonist, a grandson of Ariosto's Rodomonte, is a wicked character; he is contrasted by Fidelcaro, a positive hero, by whose hand he ends up dying.

Telluccini's other chivalric epics include Paride e Vienna (Genoa 1571), Artemidoro (Venice 1566), and Erasto (Pesaro 1566).

STC Italian 663; Ascarelli-Menato, p. 79; Melzi-Tosi, p. 283; A. Cutolo, I romanzi cavallereschi in prosa e in rima del fondo Castiglioni presso la Biblioteca Braidense di Milano, Milano 1944, p. 125; M. Beer, Romanzi di cavalleria: il 'Furioso' e il romanzo italiano del primo Cinquecento, Roma 1987, p. 383; Philobiblon, One Thousand Years of Bibliophily, no. 141.