THE LAST AND THE BEST ALDINE EDITION of Petrarch s complete vernacular poetry. Octavo; leaves measure 158 x 90 mm. Foliation: 176,  leaves. Signatures A-Z8 AA10. Collates complete. Woodcut Aldine device on title-page and final verso, Capital spaces with printed guides. Divisional half-titles on leaves N4v and S3r. Alphabetical index of poems at the end of the volume (leaves AA3v-9v). Register and colophon on AA9v; AA10 with blank recto and Aldine device on verso. Bound in fine early 19th-century (ca. 1830) English maroon polished calf richly gilt-tooled with intricate symmetric pattern of winding vines and tendrils in Grolieresque style by the London binder Charles Murton (his blind signature-stamp to top of front pastedown); turn-ins and board edges gilt-tooled; flat spine lettered and tooled in gilt incorporating the Aldine device; all edges gilt. Green silk ribbon attached. Fine later copperplate engravings of Petrarch and Madonna Laura neatly affixed to the front and rear pastedowns, respectively. Near Fine antiquarian condition. Binding with leather quite fresh and supple, and lustrous gilt; joints very lightly rubbed, but intact and solid. Interior with occasional minor soiling (a bit more to the title-page) and some very minor spotting. In all, a clean bright, solid, well-margined example of this elegant and rare Aldine edition. Collector s name-stamp of W. Middelton dated 1833 to front flyleaf. An ownership signature of D.L. Cumming to front free endpaper.