Il Giardino d’Amore | The Garden of Love; | Italian Renaissance Madrigal Poems | Selected by William Rueter.
[Dundas]: The Aliquando Press, . Small octavo, 18.5 x 13.2 cm. Cased in full cream cloth with repeating foliated pattern; printed yellow paper title label to the spine; plain yellow endpapers. Unpaginated [pp. 62, plus errata slip tipped on to the recto of the first blank]. A fine copy. The original Italian text was set in the Press’s first typeface, Bembo Roman, with Blado italic used for the Introduction and English translations. The text is further embellished with Castellar initials, and was printed on Zerkall Frankfurt Cream paper, “the richness and elegance of… [which]… inspired the project.” Presented as a parallel text, with the original Italian madrigals appearing on the versos and their English translations appearing on the opposing rectos. An elaborate but elegant border, printed in six colours with a rich variety of type ornaments, spans the title-spread: set within the border is the title in both Italian and English. The title spread is further embellished with a line cut frontispiece by Will Rueter, after an unidentified Renaissance woodcut. One of 45 copies, this being number 38.
Included are texts by Marino, Moro, Guarini, Chiabrera, Rinuccini, Petrarca, Tasso, and a few anonymous sources. Item #220
"This is the ninety-third book from The Aliquando Press, produced to celebrate the Press’s fortieth anniversary and to reflect on its past.
Many people walk in the Press’s imaginary Garden of Love: my Dutch family (now, alas, my ancestors) who gave their love unstintingly for many decades; my immediate family, and my mentors, collaborators, and beloved friends, past and present, who have tolerated my quirks and shared my enthusiasms; and so many individuals who continue to inspire me with their creativity, generosity, and encouragement. May their flowers of memory and love blossom perpetually." - From the colophon.
[The Aliquando Century, BK 93.].