FIORE DI VIRTÙ -- FIOR DE VIRTU utelissimo acadauno fidel Christiano. Venice, Christophorus de Pensis de Mandello, April 29th 1500. (28) lvs. W. beautiful large woodcut on title, 35 fine woodcuts in the text & 100 woodcut initials. 8°. Mod. h. vellum binding. (Small hole in last leaf, but this leaf is skilfully duplicated with thin Japanese paper and only some minor loss of text, lower outer margin (faintly) stained, but else a very good copy with charming woodcuts).The Flower of Virtue is an anthology of moralizing content drawn up in the early fourteenth century by a certain friar Tommaso, who lived between the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century. The collection, of which well over one hundred manuscripts are known, had a great success and was re-proposed in more than thirty editions of the fifteenth century and translated, even several times, into numerous languages. Reprint of the edition of April 24th 1500. - Collation: a-c8, d4. GW 9937; Sander 2743; Hain 7116 (ed. April 24th); ISTC if00186300; Bod-Inc. F-058. GW mentions that there are five copies known. All of the early editions are extremely scarce and seldomly found in auction. Provenance: Fransiscus de Bastia (dated 1646).