CAMPANUS, Johannes Antonius

CAMPANUS, Johannes Antonius Omnia Campani Opera

Venice, Andrea Torresano, [n.d. 1502]


Folio. ff. 118 [vi] 84 [2] 58 [iv] 26 [i]. Roman letter; some light marginal spotting, slight marginal water-staining to one or two quires, not affecting text. A very good, clean, well-margined copy in C16 vellum over boards.

Second edition of the collected works of Johannes Antonius Campanus (Giovanni Antonio Campano; c. 1429-1477). Campanus, churchman, humanist and orator, led a varied career which took him to appointments in Naples and Perugia (as a teacher of rhetoric), before his election as Bishop of Crotone in 1463. From 1472-74 he was Papal Governor of Todi. A prominent figure of the day, Campanus was the subject of a Latin epitaph by Poliziano. The present edition reproduces the introduction by Michael Fernus from the first, Roman edition of 1495.

The essays in the present volume demonstrate Campanus’ rhetorical and theological expertise to the full, and are comprehensively indexed. They include orations on the Holy Spirit and St. Stephan; we are not told the occasions on which these were delivered – if, indeed, they were anything more than exercises in composition. Other instructive essays include ‘De dignitate martrimonii’ and ‘Contra Turchos ad principes germanos’; biographies of Thomas Aquinas, Pope Pius and Archbishop John of Benevento also appear. The present volume is, however, dominated by a lengthier biographic work, Campanus’ six book life of the famous condottiere Andrea Braccio Fortebracci, conte di Montone (1368-1424), who was fatally wounded by his fellow soldier of fortune Francesco Sforza near L’Aquila, northeast of Rome. The work concludes with eight book of Latin epigrams, on religious and secular subjects.

BM STC Italian 141; Adams C 471; Goff C 74; Ren. 292:2 (1502); not in Ahmanson Murphy.
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