Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth with black spine label, original dust jacket. Both book and price-clipped dust jacket are about fine. Item #232
"PETRARCH WAS THE MOST REMARKABLE MAN OF HIS TIME; AND HE IS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE MEN OF ALL TIME" First edition of this modern biography of the great Italian humanist. Much of what is known about Petrarch's life is derived from the nearly 600 extant letters that he wrote and the 80 odd extant letters that he received. Dr. Wilkins was President of Oberlin College and an Italian scholar, writing on Dante, Boccaccio and especially Petrarch. The Life of Petrarch was a follow-up to Wilkins' well-regarded Petrarch at Vaucluse (1958). With a brief Preface, initialed "E. H. W." The back matter includes a Note on Sources, an Index of Works of Petrarch, an Identifying List of Letters, and an Index. A handsome copy of an elegant book.