Paris: Ludovici Billaine, 1674. Hardcover. Bound in full vellum. Two volumes. 3 7/8" x 6 1/4". Fold-out plates. Books in very good condition. Covers somewhat soiled. Corners bumped. Title cards on spines in excellent condition in red and black with gilt stamping. Bound with five raised bands. Some deterioration at ends of gutters on front and back of both books. Extensive period ink handwriting on all endpapers. Otherwise, a set of clean and tight books in very good condition. Item #141380
Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (1470–1533) was an Italian nobleman and philosopher, the nephew of famed Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Like his uncle he devoted himself chiefly to philosophy, but made it subject to the Bible, though in his treatises, De studio divinæ et humanæ sapientiæ and particularly in the six books entitled Examen doctrinæ vanitatis gentium, he depreciates the authority of the philosophers, above all of Aristotle. He wrote a detailed biography of his uncle, published in 1496, and another of Girolamo Savonarola, of whom he was a follower. The two-volume set here is the latter biography of Savonarola, an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence. He was known for his prophecies of civic glory, the destruction of secular art and culture, and his calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. He prophesied the coming of a biblical flood and a new Cyrus from the north who would reform the Church.