Apollinaire’s edition of Pietro Aretino’s list of Venice prostitutes
Guilaume APOLLINAIRE; [Pietro ARETINO]: Les poèmes arétinesques. Tariffa delle puttane di Venegia. Paris: Bibliothéque des Curieux 1911.
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APOLLINAIRE, Guilaume, [ARETINO, Pietro]: Les poèmes arétinesques. Tariffa delle puttane di Venegia. Accompagné d’un Catalogue des principales courtisanes de Venise, tiré des Archives vénitiennes (XVIe siècle) et traduit pour la première fois en français. Texte italien et traduction nouvelle en regard. Introduction, essai bibliographique par Guilaume Apollinaire. (= Le Coffret du Bibliophile). Paris: Bibliothéque des Curieux 1911.
Small-8°. [2 (front leaf), 2 (1st title), 2 (title)], 175, [1 (blank), 2 (end leaf)] p. Original publisher’s brochure with french style wrapper made of thin parchment, incorporating vignette with publisher’s emblem on front cover as well as red and black title and series‘ printing on covers and spine.
No. 38 of 500 numbered copies on Arches paper (headed by copies 1-10 on Japan paper), all of them „stricly reserved for subscribers“ (editor’s remark), thus completing a total print run numbering 510 copies of this 1st »Apollinaire-edition« of »La Tariffa…«, an erotic long poem originally published anonymously in the 1st part of the famous »Ragionamenti« in 1535, a collection attributed to Aretino. Additionally to his insightful introduction and accompanying bibliography Apollinaire also enriches this 2nd french edition of »La Tariffa« (the 1st appeared in Paris and Bruxelles in 1883) with a commented translation of a detailed list of prostitutes, originally published not before 1870-72 and based on a manuscript titled »Catalogo di tutte le principal et piu honorate cortegiane di Venezia..« that also had been attributed to Aretino. This list mentions names, addresses and prices of 210 prostitutes, as well as names and addresses of their pimps (many of them women!). Preceded bilingual booklet was published by Robert et Georges Bruffaut, Paris editors specialized in erotica, as part of a multi volume series titled »Le Coffret du Bibliophile«, which Apollinaire’s introductions and bibliographic essays in at least 13 volumes.
Cover with some barely remarkable foxy spots, otherwise very fine, mainly uncut copy of this hard to find item.