Dublin: W. Colles, 1769. Scarce Dublin edition. Giuseppe Marc'Antonio Baretti ( 1719 - 1789) was an Italian literary critic, poet, writer, translator, linguist and author of two influential language-translation dictionaries. During his years in England he was often known as Joseph Baretti. Baretti's life was marked by controversies, to the point that he had to leave Italy, for England, where he remained for the rest of his life. Baretti wrote this book after being outraged by an account written by a Samuel Sharp about the customs and manners of Italy, which he considered ignorant, carelss, and prejudiced. Baretti discusses the flaws of Mr. Sharp's book throughout his own, sometimes to the point of lapsing into the humorous rather than serous. Bound in three quarter red leather with black title label to spine. Marbled boards Rubbing and bumping to leather and slight tears along board edges. Foxing to title page and last couple of pages with publisher's list of new books, and occasional light spots. Still very good condition.Measures 3.5 x 6.5 inches. 225 pages plus publisher book list.
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Banca Popolare di Verona, 1983. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and embossed emblems to front boards. Pristine interiors filled with black and white photographic illustrations. Blue dust jackets with white titles to spines and front panels of jackets. Light wear to edges of jackets. Also, the plastic film covering the jackets has pulled up a little on the spines of both volumes. Text in Italian. A scarce set in excellent condition. 626 pages. ITA/042508 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine in Near Fine Dust Jackets.
Banca Popolare di Verona, (1982). Hardcover. TWO VOLUME SET. 4to. Volume I is the 9th-17th centuries and Volume II is the 18th-20th centuries. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Minor rubbing to spine ends of both volumes and Light bumping to corners. Both volumes have a small bump to the bottom edge of the front board and a small and light scratch to the bottom edge of the text block. Very very slight, barely noticeable yellowing to the edges of the pages. Else is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout. Dark blue illustrated dust jackets with white titles to front and spine panels. One small closed tear to bottom edge of front dust jacket panel on volume I corresponding with the bump on the board. Slight rubbing to edges of dust jackets. TEXT IN ITALIAN. Italian History. ITAHIS01/092199. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Bari: Laterza & Figli, 1926. Hardcover. Very good in 3/4 leather with gilt lettering and tan cloth boards. Lettering on spine is a bit faded; some fraying along interior front hinge. Brown paste paper endpages. A few chips to leather. Previous owner's inscription on half title. Italian History. Minor browning to endpages, else the interior is clean. 75 pages. ITH1/3140 Italian History. Very Good.
New York: Croscup & Sterling Co, 1897. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Florentine" Edition. Limited and numbered extra-illustrated edition. Number 48 of 100. 8vo. 3/4 red maroon leather with marble paper covered boards. Minor chip to head of spine. 2 inch tear to leather at front hinge though binding remains tight. Rubbing and bumping to corners. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with beautiful illustrations throughout. Several unopened pages. Marbled end pages. 319 pages. We have 4 other titles from this series in matching binding. Italian History. ITA/011419. Very Good.
New York: Croscup & Sterling Co, 1897. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Florentine" Edition. Limited and numbered extra-illustrated edition. Number 48 of 100. 8vo. 3/4 red maroon leather with marble paper covered boards. Minor chip to head of spine and corner of rear board. 1 inch tear to leather at front hinge. Rubbing and bumping to corners. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with beautiful illustrations throughout. Marbled end pages. 399 pages. We have 4 other titles from this series in matching binding. Italian History. ITA/011319. Very Good.
Edizioni Clusf. 1977. Paperback. Very good in tan paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Sunning to spine and edges of wrappers. Spine is now grey. Minor wear to edges of wrappers and minor rubbing. Filled with illustrations. Size quarto. In Italian. ITA3/2202. Very Good in Wraps.
London: J. Tonson, 1722. Hardcover. Second edition of this two volume translation of Pharsalia. "De Bello Civili , more commonly referred to as the Pharsalia, is a Roman epic poem written by the poet Lucan, detailing the civil war between Julius Caesar and the forces of the Roman Senate led by Pompey the Great. The poem's title is a reference to the Battle of Pharsalus, which occurred in 48 BC, near Pharsalus, Thessaly, in northern Greece. Caesar decisively defeated Pompey in this battle, which occupies all of the epic's seventh book" [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with relief rulings and designs to covers and gilt titling to red spine labels. Rebacked with original spines, rubbing, bumping, and general wear but still nice. Volumes have dampstaining to pastedowns and free endpapers and aging to text pages. Volume I has frontispiece engraving and fold out map of imperial Rome. Map has two inch closed tear starting from left margin. Ownership signature on title pages. Very good minus with defects. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I: 287 pages; Volume II: 310 pages + 2 page publisher's book list. ITAL/032621. Very Good -.
London: John Starkey, Charles Harper, and John Amery, 1680. Second edition. Originally published in 1675. This early English translation of Machiavelli's works include the following: The History of Florence, The Prince, The Original of the Guelf and Ghibilin Factions, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, The Murther of Vitelli &c. by Duke Valentino, The State of France, the State of Germany, The Discourses on Titus Livius, The Art of War, The Marriage of Belphegor, a Novel, and Nicholas Machiavel's Letter in Vindication of Himself and his Writings. The writings are numbered consecutively starting with the History of Florence, except for the letter and the publisher's note on the letter that precedes it. Each treatise has its own title page. The first several pages of the book, also unpaginated, have a detailed table of contents for each work and the author's introduction. Bound in modern three quarter tan leather with orange cloth covers. Some rubbing, light spots to leather; Cloth has marks and spots but binding still about very good. New endpapers. Interior pages are soiled, have spotting throughout, and have black ink stains to the upper right page edges and margins of first and last several pages. All page edges are darkened. Still a nice copy of this important edition of Machiavelli's writings. Measures 8 x 13 inches. 528 pages.
Padova: Italia Turistica, 1998. Hardcover. Mint oversize 4to., blue coated cloth boards in mint full-color pictorial d.j. In mint slipcase w/full-color pictorial panels. Crisp, clean interior. A beautiful photographic exploration of the Province of Macerata w/full-page, full-color glossy photographs. In French, German, Italien and English. 127 pp. Italy. ITA/11063. Fine.