Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1972. Paperback. Beige paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Dampstained on cover and first few pages. Minor browning to margins and chipping to edges of wrappers and some pages. A good reading copy of this Italian history periodical. pages 387 - 586. ITA/041219. Good.
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Venezia [Venice]: Stamperia Graziosi, 1801. Hardcover. A charming Italian book containing the epigrams of Carlo Roncalli. Bound in white half vellum with patterned paper boards. Gilt horizontal ruling and brown leather title label. Soiling to vellum, with light abrasion to front cover and wrinkle to to right corner. Decorated page edges.Text pages generally clean with blue ink marks on page 8. Ink inscription in Italian on front pastedown.Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 7 inches. 152 pages including index. ITALLANG/071322. Very Good.
Circolo della cultura e delle arti, Trieste, 1962. Paperback. Number 47 of 500 copies. Thin white paper wrappers with red and black title to front panel. Mnor wear to edges of wrappers. Slight discoloration to bottom of front wrapper, else clean. Frontispiece illustration. 39 pages. ITA/041019. Fine.
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.
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.
Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. 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.
Milan: Mediobanca, 1984. Hardcover. 8vo. Light blue cloth boards with silver title to dark blue box on spine. Spine title reads "Opere II" Very minor wear to bottom edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright with color illustrations. Printed on laid paper. IN ITALIAN. Italian Language. ITALANG/060608. Near Fine.
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.
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+.
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.
Edizioni dello Zibaldone, 1951. Paperback. Number 72 of 100 in serie 11a with signature of the author in pencil. Very good in grey paper wrappers with red title to front cover. Browning to spine and edges of covers. No title to spine, but there is a number "2" in printed in red. Minor browning to margins of interior pages, else clean and bright. Pages are unopened. 62 pages. ITA/062615. Very Good.
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 -.
Bergamo: Instituto Italiano D'arti Grafiche - Editore, 1909. Hardcover. 4to. Marroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards. Library stamp to front free end page and tape to first page of advertisements. Minor Foxing to several pages. Browning to edges of pages. Illustrations throughout. IN ITALIAN. 151 pages. Italian Travel. ITTRA/082108. Near Fine.
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.
Le Monnier - Firenze, 1961. Paperback. In ITALIAN. "Premio di Saggistica per il 1962 del Centro di Vita Italiana." Beige paper wrappers with red title to spine and front panel. Orange band with white printing wraps around book. The interior is clean and bright with unopened pages. 364 pages plus index. ITA/080608. Very Good.
(Milan): (1986). Paperback. An excerpt from a larger work featuring an article titled "Societa e cultura al tempo delle signorie" with many illustrations. A thin side-stapled quarto in black illustrated wrappers with title to front cover. Clean and bright. In Italian. Pages 11 - 29. ITA/010913. Fine.
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.
Venezia: Bassano; A Spese Remondini di Venezia, 1773. Hardcover. Very good in modern light brown three quarter leather with marbled paper covered boards and maroon title label to spine. Boards and binding in excellent condition. Interior is foxed. Ex-library stamp on title page. The first section has a woodcut head piece, tail piece and initial. Includes a fold-out chart. In Italian. 320 pages. Italian. ITA/2133. Very Good.