Messer Pietro Mio the letters between Lucrezia Borgia & Pietro Bembo 1503 to 1519



Marlborough: Libanus Press, 1985.

Translation and Preface by Hugh Shankland. The first English edition of the letters which Lord Byron described as, “the prettiest love-letters in the World”. Number 128 of 135 (150) copies signed by the artist. Set in 14 pt. Monotype Bembo and printed in brown and black on Barcham Green hand-made Chester paper. Crown 8vo. 10.5 X 7.5 ins. 106 pp. including 43 letters. Bopund by Smith Settle in quarter tan morocco with gilt rule and stone-marbled cream paper covered boards. Title blocked in blind on spine and gilt artist’s device blocked on upper cover. Tail edges untrimmed. 17 wood engravings by Richard Shirley Smith. As new in cloth covered slip case. A most successful book.

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