London: Tommaso Masi, 1789. Hardcover. A charming Italian edition of Boccaccio's classic, The Decameron. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Spines with gilt ruling and dark leather spine labels. Leather is rubbed, bumped, and somewhat worn. Paper boards are worn, abraded, with a piece missing from the front cover of Volume IV. Frontis portrait of Boccaccio. Text pages are very good with scattered foxing. Ownership signature to title pages and inscription to ffep of Volume I. Size: 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 317 pages; Volume II: 442 pages; Volume III: 356 pages; Volume IV: 322 pages. ITAL/102121. Very Good.
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Firenze [Florence]: Pietro Allegrini, 1788. Hardcover. First edition of a work by Italian mathematician and physicist Stanislao Canovai in which he argues that Vespucci was the true discoverer of America and Brazil, not Columbus. This controversial book was added to and expanded over several later editions. Ex-library bound in brown paper boards with green cloth spine. Call number in white at base of spine. Library stamps on top page edges, free front endpaper and title page, with accession number in ink on title page. Glue marks on title page and last page. Evidence of a signout card or label on rear pastedown. Decorated page edges. Text pages are clean and bright with just a few random spots. Engraved portrait of Vespucci. Despite ex-library markings a nice copy. viii + 80 pages. TRAVEL/072621. Very Good -.
Parma, Italy: Alberto Pazzoni and Paolo Monti, 1696. Hardcover. Quite scarce. Annibale Leonardelli (1623-1702) was an Italian Jesuit priest and biblical commentator. He was the author of several works on religion and morals. Bound in contemporary vellum. Binding is soiled, bumped, and missing a piece along the bottom of the front cover, revealing the board underneath. Brown leather spine label with titling. Marbled endpapers missing front free endpaper. Half title page has tear along right edge. Text pages are browned and spotted, not affecting legibility. A good copy of an uncommon book. In Italian. Measures 3 x 5.75 inches. 480 pages including index. ITALLANG/073021. Good +.