Ioannes Florius Augustae Annae Angl: Scot: Franc: et Hib: Reginae Praelector Ling: Italicae. Aet: 58. Ao. D.i 1611. Chi si Contenta Gode.En virtute sua contentus, nobilis art, Italus ore, Anglus pectore, uterque opere Floret adhuc, et adhuc florebit; floreat ultra Florius, hac specie floridus, optat amans.
Tam faelix utinam. [n.d. c.1611.]
Fine engraving, printed on 17th century watermarked paper; rare. 165 x 114mm. 6½ x 4½". Cut; slight staining to right.
Portrait of John Florio, half length in an oval, wearing a ruff, fur-lined coat, and chains; frontispiece to Florio's 'Queen Annas new World of Words, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English tongues' (London, Melch. Bradwood for Edward Blount and William Barret, 1611) and to Florio's translation of Montaigne's 'Essays' (London, Bradwood for Blount and Barret, 1613). John Florio (1553-1625) was an Italian linguist and lexicographer, who served as a royal language tutor at the Court of James I, and was a possible friend and influence on William Shakespeare. He was also the translator of Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne into English.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25497] £140.00