Item #68164 Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi. Giovanni Gherardo DE ROSSI.
Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi
Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi

First Edition of this Collection of Fables, Printed on Blue Paper

Favole di Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi.

Rome: Stamperia Pagliarini, 1788.

First edition of this collection of verse fables. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 196 x 135 mm). viii, [2], 180 pp. Printed on light blue paper, one of a few like this which are presumed to have been printed for presentation. With half-title. With engraved vignette title-page printed on thick cream-color paper. Engraved vignette title-page with scene of animals. Title-page is inserted but part of the pagination. Comprised of 70 fables. A second edition was printed in 1790.

Nineteenth-century half vellum over marbled "wood-grain" paper boards. Spine with black morocco label, lettered and ruled in gilt. Label slightly chipped. Pages uncut and mostly unopened. Paper boards a bit rubbed and very slightly peeling at the vellum. Some very minor foxing, mainly to page edges, but generally the blue paper is very clean. Overall a very good copy.

"Giovanni Gherardo de Rossi of Rome (1754-1827) published his Favole at Rome in 1788; they were reprinted in 1790, 1801, 1821. The subjects of these seventy fables were original, and they show ingenious inventiveness. He also wrote lyrics, novelle, art-criticism, and some of the best comedies of the period, most of which, unlike the fables, were derived from other writers." (Italian Fables of the Eighteenth Century Kenneth McKenzie ; Volume XII, June, 1935, number 2).

HBS 68164.


Price: $1,250.00

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