First English Edition and only 16th-Century Edition in English
Phisicke against fortune, aswell prosperous, as aduerse, conteyned in two bookes.
Whereby men are instructed, with lyke indifferencie to remedie theyr affections, aswell in tyme of the bryght shynyng sunne of prosperitie, as also of the foule lowryng stormes of aduersitie. Expedient for all men, but most necessary for such as be subiect to any notable insult of eyther extremitie. Written in Latine by Frauncis Petrarch, a most famous poet, and oratour. And now first Englished by Thomas Twyne. London: Printed by [Thomas Dawson for] Richard watkyns , 1579.
First edition in English of Petrarch's "De remediis utriusque fortunae" Quarto (7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 196 x 136 mm). , 342,  leaves. Title-page in a decorative woodcut border and decorative woodcut initials.
Full nineteenth-century morocco by Bedford. Boards ruled in gilt. Spine stamped, ruled and lettered in gilt. Board edges gilt and gilt dentelles. All edge gilt. Fading to boards and spine, main to front board. Internally very clean. Overall a very good copy.
"Latin work by Petrarch, begun in 1354 but completed between 1360 and 1366 , on how to deal with both good and bad fortune. The first of its two parts contains 122 dialogues between Ratio, Gaudium, and Spes, and deals with how one should behave at times of good fortune; the second contains 131 dialogues between Ratio, Dolor, and Timor, and deals with the behaviour appropriate to adverse fortune. It is a practical manual of moral philosophy, and was widely read until the 17th c." (Oxford Companion to Italian Literature)
ESTC S114602. STC 19809.
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