Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1891. Hardcover. with 51 illustrations. Number 7 of 400 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author. Photographic frontispiece of the Basilica di S. Giov. in Laterano. Corrado Ricci (1858 - 1934) was an archaelogist, museum director, Dante scholar, and served as Senator of Italy during the 1920s. His father was a successful set designer and photographer. Ex-library with a discreet stamp to the inside of the front wrapper. Bound in full vellum boards with brown and gilt title label to spine. Vellum is translucent and an old certificate wastesheet can be seen through it. Rubbing, light soiling, and foxing to boards. A few small losses to title label on spine, but title remains intact. Original paper wrappers are bound in, with a repair to a closed tear on the inside of the front wrapper. Foxing to wrappers and to first and last pages, else clean and bright. 539 pages plus index. ITA/080522. Very Good.
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Parigi [Paris]: Baudry, Libreria Europea, 1843. Hardcover. Second Edition, enlarged and corrected by the author. Two volumes bound as one. This Italian work is on the war of the Sicilian vespers or a period of the Sicilian histories of the XIII century. "The Sicilian Vespers (Italian: Vespri siciliani; Sicilian: Vespiri siciliani) was a successful rebellion on the island of Sicily that broke out at Easter 1282 against the rule of the French-born king Charles I, who had ruled the Kingdom of Sicily since 1266. Within six weeks, approximately 13,000 French men and women were slain by the rebels, and the government of Charles lost control of the island. This began the War of the Sicilian Vespers" [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather. Covers and spine are worn, abraded, and bumped. Scattered foxing throughout, not affecting legibility. With the apparent ownership signature of Pre-Raphaelite figure William Michael Rossetti: "W.M. Rossetti from his Mother." There are occasional pencil ticks, underlining and notations. Very good condition. Measures 5.50 x 8.25 inches. Volume I: 348 pages: Volume II: 372 pages. ITALHIST/083122. Very Good.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1921. One of 236 copies on paper. There were 10 copies on vellum. This exquisite small volume from the Ashendene Press reprints the text of the original manuscript of the Life of St. Clare, written by Verino in the late 15th century and purchased by St. John Hornby, founder of the Ashendene Press in 1918. The Florentine humanist and poet Ugolino Verino was commissioned in by the sisters of the Convento di Santa Chiara Novella in Florence to write this “Life of St. Clare” in Italian. Although a biography of St. Clare of Assisi (1194–1253) had been available in Latin since the thirteenth century, this Italian version allowed members of the Order to read in the vernacular about their founder’s saintly poverty. Charles Harry St. John Hornby writes in his Ashendene Bibliography: "The original manuscript of this Life of Saint Clare, which is here printed for the first time, was purchased by me at the sale of Lord Vernon’s library at Sotheby’s in 1918. It was written at Florence on 39 leaves of vellum in a beautiful late XVth Century hand. At the sale the MS. attracted the attention of the distinguished Franciscan scholar Walter Seton, of University College, London, who asked permission to study it, as it was apparently a hitherto unknown version of the Life of St. Clare. The results of his study are summarized in the Introduction and Notes which are printed before and after the text of the MS. in this volume.". Seton's Introduction tells the history of the manuscript in Hornby's collection and also documents the life of St. Clare and the influence of Saint Francis of Assisi on her religious conversion and lifelong vow of poverty. A facsimile of the beautiful first four pages of the original manuscript is inserted after the introduction. Bound in limp vellum with gilt titling to spine and original green silk ties. Vellum has somewhat darkened but is otherwise fine. Printed in Subiaco type on hand-made paper. The rubricated portions of the manuscript are printed in red and the initials are printed in blue. Text pages are clean and bright with the slightest darkening to page edges. Small quarto measuring 6 x 8 inches. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Near fine. i-xvi, 96 pages. PRI/112222.
München [Munich]: Bremer Presse, 1921. Number 250 of 300 copies. This is a magnificent production from the famed Bremer Presse of Germany, which published books from 1911 to 1939, interrupted only by World War I. It was founded by Willy Wiegand, and like England's Doves Press, rejected ornament (except for initials) and relied upon carefully chosen types and painstaking presswork to produce its limited edition hand printed books. Bound in blue paper covers with cream title label on spine. Binding is rubbed and lightly soiled, with small chips along top and edges of spine. Slight bumping to corners. Free front endpaper has light stain along lower edge and soil mark to top edge. A few small spots to free and rear endpapers and occasional spot on a few of the pages. Fore-edges are somewhat darkened. Printed on Zander's handmade paper. Bookseller ticket "Buchandlung Hans Dommes Köln" affixed to front pastedown. A beautiful copy in Italian of Dante's Divine Comedy. Near fine. Measures 13.25 x 8.5 inches. 459 pages plus colophon. PRI/112822.
Rome: Societa Editrice Nazionale, 1901. Hardcover. Title translates to "The life of Benvenuto Cellini followed by the Treatises of Goldsmithing and Sculpture and by the Writings on Art." Cellini was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, and author of the 16th century. His best-known works include the Cellini Salt Cellar, the sculpture of Perseus with the Head of Medusa, and his autobiography. Includes 196 illustrations. Octavo. Dark red cloth-covered boards with gilt title to spine. This is a rebinding that shows very little wear except for rubbing at top of spine. Pages are browned and there is some foxing, especially to frontispiece, title page, and first few pages. Title is underlined on title page, and there is a pencil notation on cover page. 857 pages, including index. ITALANG/082922. Very Good.
Firenze: Soldi e Colombarini Editori, 1850. Hardcover. Ferdinand Mackeldey was an intimate advisor of justice to the king of Prussia and a full professor of law. This text is a manual of Roman law. Very scarce, especially in US. Octavo. Green patterned paper-covered boards with white binding to spine. Tilt in gilt on red label on spine. Front and back boards are heavily scraped and paper covering is worn off at top and bottom edges and all corners. Corners are bumped. White covering of spine is soiled. Pages are lightly browned, with foxing throughout. Edges of a few pages are turned. Handwritten note on inside front cover. 498 pages, including index. ITALANG/082522. Good.
Rome: Tipografia Delle Belle Arti, 1837, 1848. Hardcover. Mixed state. Two volumes are from the first edition of 1837, with the third volume stating it is the second edition dated 1848. The new edition is numbered Volume I on the spine, while the two volumes from the first edition are numbered Volume II and Volume III on the spines. Antonio Nibby (1792 – 1839) was an Italian archaeologist and topographer. He was an expert on the topography of Rome and its environs. He was a professor of archaeology in the University of Rome and in the French Academy in Rome. For a few years Nibby worked together with the British archaeologist William Gell and together they published a study on the walls of Rome in 1820. They had plans of publishing a study on the topography of the Roman Campagna, but they ended up publishing separately [Wikipedia]. Bound in half vellum with paper marbled boards. Red and brown leather spine labels with title and volume number. Vellum is stained, rubbed, and bumped with fraying and small tears to spine edges. The paper boards are scraped, abraded, and worn along the edges. Volumes II and III have light damp stains to page edges generally not affecting the text. All of the volumes have scattered browning and foxing. The called for map by Gell is not present. Still a nice readable set in good plus condition. Small quartos. Volume I: 555 pages.;Volume II: 759 pages; Volume III: 678 pages; ARCHE/090722. Good +.