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De le rime di diversi nobili poeti toscani, raccolte da M. Dionigi Atanagi, libro primo [-secondo]

ATANAGI, Dionigi, ed. (1504-1573) ?LA PLUS IMPORTANTE ANTHOLOGIE LYRIQUE DU SIÈCLE? (FONDATION BARBIER-MUELLER) - THE COPY OF GIROLAMO D'ADDA SALVATERRA AND CHARLES FAIRFAX MURRAYTwo volumes, 8vo (150x100 mm). [12], 236, [32] leaves. Collation: *12 A-Z8 Aa-Kk8 Ll4. Leaf *12 is a blank. The present is issue A with 12 preliminary unnumbered leaves (issue B has 16 preliminary unnumbered leaves divided into two quires: a-b8); [8], 248, [36] leaves. Collation: a8 A-Z8 Aa-Mm8 Nn4. Printer's device on the title pages. Woodcut headpieces and initials. Italic type. Index raisonné of the authors at the end of volume two. Late 19th-century stiff vellum gilt, marbled endleaves, green silk bookmarks, on the panels gilt coat-of-arms of Girolamo d'Adda Salvaterra (1815-1881), writer and book collector from Milan, whose rich and precious library ended up after his death in the collection of the English bibliophile Charles Fairfax Murray (cf. D.B.I., Rome, 1985, vol. 31, pp. 617-622; Catalogo dei libri posseduti da Charles Fairfax Murray provenienti dalla biblioteca del marchese Girolamo d'Adda, London, 1902, p. 55, no. 305; V. Spreti, Enciclopedia storico-nobiliare italiana, Milan, 1928-?32, I, pp. 315-316). Upper part of the first title page restored not affecting the text, restored hole to leaf *2 with loss of text, some occasional light marginal staining and foxing, a few marginal restorations, all in all a good copy. Rare first edition, edited by Dionigi Atanagi, of the most important Italian 16th-century lyric collection, containing about 1,500 poems, mostly sonnets, by 169 different poets and poetresses. About 90% of the poems are printed here for the first time and of the remaining 10% that had already previously appeared in print, many are presented here in a revised version and occasionally also with a different attribution.When compared to previous antologies, the Rime di diversi testifies to a notable evolution in the coherence of the editors' choices and critical awareness. If the presence of certain poets is explained above all by the strength of personal ties (such as the poets of the Farnese's Roman milieu, or those close to Domenico Venier), the collection also illustrates the ambition to offer a sort of summa of the century's poetic experiences. The final table of contents is exceptionally detailed, giving the subject and recipient of many of the pieces, as well as information on the authors and occasional comments on the pieces' sources, structure and metrical form (particularly on poems by Annibal Caro and Venier). Finally, Atanagi recalls the role of this anthology for learning the Italian poetic language; comments on several poems by Barignano, Benalio, Giovan Maria della Valle, Benedetto Guidi, Tolomei or Trissino are introduced by the remark ?avvertiscano i giovani osservatori della lingua? Finally, particular attention is paid to attributions, a weak point in previous collections.Among the anthologized authors stand out the names of Giovanni Maria Barbieri, Annibal Caro, Giovanni della Casa, Rinaldo Corso, Francesco Maria Molza, Bernardo Tasso, a young Torquato Tasso, Giovan Giorgio Trissino, Benedetto Varchi, Michelangelo Buonarrotti, Giulio Camillo Delminio, Nicolò Franco, Andrea Navagero, Sperone Speroni, Marco Verdizotti, just to mention a few. The poetresses in the anthology are four: Veronica Gambara, Giulia Cavalcanti, Olimpia Malipiero, and Giulia Premarini.Volume one is dedicated by Atanagi to Pietro Bonarelli, Count of Orciano, whose family is celebrated and whose son Guidobaldo is presented as a boy with a promising future. Atanagi was right: Guidobaldo Bonarelli della Rovere (1563-1608), a founding member of the Accademia degli Intrepidi in Ferrara, will be the author of the famous pastoral play Filli da Sciro (Ancona, 1607). The volume contains poems by the following authors arranged in alphabetical order by first name (here by surname): Antonio Allegretti (12 poems); Giovanni Battista Amalteo; Nicolò Amanio; Mauro d'Arcano; Dionigi
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N. XII paesi inv. dal. Sig. Gasp. Galliari l’anno 1809

GALLIARI, Gaspare (1761-1823) UNRECORDED SUITE OF IMAGINARY LANDSCAPES AND CITY VIEWSOblong folio (225x335 mm). 12 numbered etched plates (c. 155x190 mm) printed on the recto of as many leaves, including the title page. The plates are all signed by Galliari as designer and by three different engravers: Francesco Bellemo, Francesco Ambrosi and Gaspare Cagnoni. Contemporary marbled boards (rubbed and worn). Light marginal staining and foxing, but a very good, genuine copy.Unrecored album of 12 etchings showing city views set in lagoon, river or lake landscapes, with bridges, arches and vaults, and imaginary cities composed of ancient buildings, in a style that seems to combine those of Canaletto and Piranesi. The first plate contains the title of the suite inscribed in a tombstone.This series seem to be unrecorded. Only two of the plates are preserved at the Musei Civici in Monza and described as separate and not as part of an album.Gaspare (or Gasparo) was born in Treviglio near Bergamo into a successful family of painters and set designers. Hecame captain of infantry in the Cisalpine Republic in 1799, then chief of staff of the army of the Kingdom of Italy in 1807. Around the same time he was also appointed as painter ?vedutista? at the Istituto Geografico Militare in Milan. Before devoting himself to military life, in 1786 he had been involved in painting the scenery for the theater of Alessandria, in 1789 in Novara he had set up the celebrations for the wedding of the Duke of Aosta and in Milan he had worked as a scenographer at the Teatro della Cannobiana and at the Teatro Carcano. He died in Milano either in 1818 or 1823 depending on the sources. The collection of the Brera Pinacotheca in Milan contains one of his paintings depicting a view of Venice. He is considered as a master of scenography as he painted mostly for the theaters (cf. Numero 24 invenzioni teatrali di Gaspare Galliari, Milan, 1814; reprinted New York, 1970, D. Addis, ed.), but his name is also linked to a famous series of views of Milan designed in the years 1808-1810 (cf. D. Isella, ed., Milano capitale nelle vedute di Gasparo Galliari dedicate a Amalia di Beauharnais Viceregina d'Italia, Milan, 1975).
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Autograph letter signed and dated, addressed to her aunt Maria Francesca dello Spirito Santo, born Giovanna Eleonora d’Este (1643-1722). Manuscript on paper. Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 15 April 1717

ESTE, Maria Beatrice d', known as MARY OF MODENA (1658-1718) Bifolium (209x150 mm) written only on the first leaf recto and verso. The second leaf verso contains the recipient's name ?A ma tante la Mere Marie francoise St. Esprit Carmelite? Traces of folding, central horizontal folding on second leaf roughly reinforced with scotch tape. The letter is accompanied by another leaf (280x205 mm), in which it was presumably wrapped, that contains a manuscript note in a later hand: ?Lettera di Maria Elenora [?] della Famiglia d'Este, Regina d'Inghilterra, Moglie del Rè Giacomo II, scritta di propria mano dal Regio Palazzo di S. Germano vicino Parigi a Suor Maria Francesca dello Spirito Santo della casa medesima d'Este Nostra Carmelitana Scalza. E pezzo del velo dell'istessa Serva di Dio Suor Maria Francesca?.Interesting autograph letter addressed by Mary of Modena to her aunt, the Carmelite nun Maria Francesca dello Spirito Santo, born Giovanna Eleonora d'Este, who was the sixth child of the Duke of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Francesco I d'Este, and Maria Farnese, daughter of the Duke of Parma Ranuccio I. She was also sister to Rinaldo d'Este (1655-1737), cardinal from 1686 and duke from 1695 to his death.In the letter Mary praises with affectionate tones her aunt for her religious zeal and sanctity, mentions her son James Francis Edward Stuart, whom she refers to as the king, her uncle Rinaldo I duke of Modena, and her cousins. She also seems to hint at a recent meeting between James and Rinaldo, from which they both received much joy.Maria Beatrice d'Este, daughter of Alfonso IV and Laura Martinozzi, niece of Mazarin, married James II Stuart and from 1685 to 1688 was queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland. After her husband's deposition, she lived the rest of her life in exile in France at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which Louis XIV had turned over to the exiled James II, trying in vain to recover the throne for her son James Francis Edward, known as the ?Old Pretender? Since childhood she had vowed to become a nun, but at the insistence of her mother, the King of France Louis XIV and even the pope the 15-year-old princess had agreed to the marriage.Her son James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1766) was raised catholic in Continental Europe. After his father's death in 1701, he claimed the English, Scottish, and Irish crowns as James III of England and Ireland and James VIII of Scotland, with the support of his Jacobite followers and Louis XIV of France, a cousin of his father. Fourteen years later, in 1715, he unsuccessfully attempted again to gain the British and Irish thrones. A final attempt at restoration was led in 1745 by his elder son Charles Edward Stuart, known as the ?Young Pretender? During the time the present letter was written James lived in the Papal territory at Pesaro and Urbino. Subsequently Pope Clement XI offered him the Palazzo del Re in Rome as his residence, which he accepted. Also Pope Innocent XIII, like his predecessor, showed much support to him and granted him a life annuity of 12,000 Roman scudi.
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Il canapajo di Girolamo Baruffaldi libri 8. Con le annotazioni.

BARUFFALDI, Girolamo (1675-1755) In 4to (mm 223x158); pp. 227, [1]. Segnatura: A-Dd? Ee? L'opera è generalmente legata con Coltivazione delle canape. Instruzioni di tre pratici centesi Fabrizio Berti, Innocenzio Bregoli, et Antonio Pallara. Raccolte dal cavaliere Gio. Antonio Berti centese, qui non presente. Vignetta calcografica al frontespizio, testatine xilografiche. Lievi fioriture diffuse, piccoli aloni al margine di alcune carte. Dono dell'autore a Girolamo Cicognani datato 1742. Cartonato coevo un po' sciolto con lievi aloni e piccole macchioline ai piatti. Esemplare in barbe.Girolamo Baruffaldi (Ferrara, 1675 ? Cento, 1755) fu presbitero, poeta e letterato italiano. Nato da una nobile famiglia ferrarese, dopo aver abbracciato la vita consacrata coltivò gli studi di archeologia e di storia, dedicandosi prevalentemente alla poesia.  Scrisse una Storia di Ferrara, il Commentario storico ? erudito, e le Vite dei pittori e scultori ferraresi.  Conobbe Ludovico Antonio Muratori durante una contesa tra gli Estensi ed il papato per il possesso delle terre di Comacchio. Il Baruffaldi, difensore degli interessi del papato, fu accusato di aver fornito al Muratori un importante documento, comprovante l'attendibilità delle tesi sostenute dai suoi avversari. Gli fu pertanto sequestrato l'archivio e gli fu comminato l'esilio, che trascorse in Veneto, a Fiesso e a Castelguglielmo. Ne Il canapajo, poema in otto libri, l'A. presentò con grande attenzione gli aspetti agronomici della coltivazione della canapa, che rivestiva una grande importanza per l'agricoltura della zona di Cento e che ampiamente utilizzata dalla flotta veneziana. Nelle Rime scelte dei poeti ferraresi (1713) l'A. accanto a materiale autentico e noto, presentò numerosi testi, da lui attribuiti a ferraresi più o meno illustri, ma tutti usciti dalla sua penna. I presunti rimatori ferraresi dei primi secoli trovarono estimatori di rango come Foscolo e Carducci, ed ingannarono lo stesso Leopardi.
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Gesnerus Redivivus / auctus et emendatus oder Allgemeines Thier-Buch das ift Eigentliche und lebendige Abbildung aller vierfüssigen, so wohl zahmer als wilder Thieren, welche in allen vier Theilen der Welt zu finden . Tomus I-V. (legato con:) De Serpentibus, Oder Schlangenbuch. Das ist Ein grundtliche und vollkomne Beschreibung aller Schlangen/ so im Meer/ süssen Wassern und auff Erden jhr wohnung haben/ Sampt der selbigen conterfaitung .

GESSNER, Conrad (1516-1565) - FORER, Conrad (fl. XVI sec.) - HORST, Georg (1664-1688) Due opere, di cui la prima in cinque tomi, rilegate insieme in un volume in folio (mm 341x213). L'opera De serpentibus Oder Schlangenbuch. Das ist Ein grundtliche und vollkomne. è collocata tra i libri IV e V dell'opera principale. Pp. [10], 392, [4]; [8], 380, [8]; [4], 212, [16]; [6], 199, [3]; cc. [4], 72; [3], 98, [4]. Segnatura: )(4 A-Pp4 Qq6 Rr-Ccc4 *2; )(4 A-Zz4 Aaa6 a4; )(2 A-Bb4 Cc6 a-b4; )(3 A-Z4 Aa-Bb4 Cc2; )(1 *3 A4 B-M6; )(2 A-L4 M5 a2. Mancano le cc. T2 e T3 del IV libro. Ogni libro è dotato di proprio frontespizio (quello del primo libro è stampato in rosso e in nero); i libri I, II e IV sono dotati anche di frontepizio calcografico. Il frontespizio dell'opera De serpentibus Oder Schlangenbuch. Das ist Ein grundtliche und vollkomne. è stampato in rosso e in nero. Nel primo tomo è presente un rinforzo al margine interno del frontespizio calcografico e un restauro marginale alla c. Yy2 ; il secondo fascicolo (A4) è sciolto. Rinforzo al verso dell'ultima carta del secondo libro. Carta uniformemente brunita, lievi aloni ad alcune carte. Timbro di biblioteca tedesca al primo frontespizio. Cartonato settecentesco con piccola nota manoscritta al piatto anteriore e tassello sbiadito al dorso. Piccole mancanze alle cuffie e lungo le cerniere.  Nissen, BBI, 1559.
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De noxiis paludum effluviis

De noxiis paludum effluviis, eorumque remediis. Libri duo

LANCISI, Giovanni Maria (1654-1720) 4to (232x175 mm). XXXII, 479, [1: errata] pp. and 1 folding map engraved by Giovanni Girolamo Frezza showing the Pontine Marshes. Title page printed in red and black with engraved vignette in the center by Jacob Frey after Giovanni Passari. Initials, head- and tail-pieces engraved by Maximiliam Limpach after Giovanni Domenico Campiglia and Sebastiano Conca. Issue with the addenda on the errata. Contemporary marbled calf, richly gilt spine with lettering piece, colored sprinkled edges (very worn and rubbed, joints and top and bottom of spine broken). Some marginal foxing and staining. A good copy.First edition. ?Lancisi suggested that since malaria disappears after drainage it was due to some sort of poison emanating from marshes and possibly transmitted by mosquitoes. He planned a drainage scheme for marshy regions? (Garrison-Morton). ?In this treatise, one of his most important contributions, Lancisi stressed the relationship of stagnant water to diseases, opposed the destruction of forests because of the ecological value of trees and other vegetation, maintained that quinine was to be employed in treating malaria. The book contains an engrave map which shows a drainage scheme for the marshy regions south of Rome? (Heirs of Hippocrates).Italian Union Catalogue, ITICCUCFIE00532; Garrison-Morton, 5232; Osler, 3151; Wellcome, III, p. 441; Blake, p. 254; Heirs of Hippocrates, 447.
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Essai sur l’histoire naturelle de la mer Adriatique par le docteur Vitaliano Donati, avec une lettre du docteur Leonard Sesler, sur une nouvelle espece de plante terrestre, traduit de l’Italien

4to (262x200 mm). [2], III, [1], 73, [5] pp. and XI plates. Title page printed in red and black. Woodcut ornament on title page. Woodcut decorative initials and headpieces. At the end is the Catalogue de livres qu'on trouve à la Haye chez Pierre de Hondt. Slightly later half calf, double lettering piece on spine (worn and rubbed). On the back pastedown bookplates of the Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College (duplicate) and of the Boston Society of Natural History (purchased from the previous on March 17, 1941). Some light foxing and browning. A good copy.First edition in French, dedicated by the printer to Madame Caroline De Shutz and her husband Monsieur De Grovestein, of Donati's Della storia naturale marina dell'Adriatico with L. Sesler's letter describing the new species ?Vitaliana perennis?.Donati systematically studied the physical geography, flora and fauna of Dalmatia and visited the main islands of the Adriatic sea, living with fishermen. The scientific report he sent in December 1745 from northern Dalmatia to his patron Leprotti in Rome was published in Venice in 1750 at the expenses of Count Carli under the title Della storia naturale marina dell'Adriatico saggio. The book contains general considerations on marine biology, original observations on the hydrography and geology of the eastern Adriatic coast, schematic notions on fishing material, descriptions of fossils, and, above all, the detailed and well-illustrated presentation of many species living in this sea. Donati's work also demonstrated the essentially animal character of coral reproduction and growth. The success of the work was immediate and lasting. The part devoted to corals was translated into English and published under the title New discoveries relating to the history of coral in the ?Philosophical transactions? (XLVII, 1751, p. 95). Only a year later a German translation of the entire book was printed in Halle, and a little later, in the ?Philosophical Transactions? of 1756, Donati's work was extensively summarized and analyzed by A. Trembley. When J. Salvemini de Castillon translated from the Italian and published this book in Holland under the title Essai sur l'histoire naturelle de la mer Adriatique, Donati complained in a letter to A. Vallisnieri, that the work was actually but a small part of his actual research and a larger study of the Adriatic, which, however, was never completed.Vitaliano Donati, traveler and naturalist from Padua, was professor of botany at the University of Turin. In 1759 he was in charge of a naturalistic expedition to Egypt and the Indies, during which he found death (cf. M.D. Grmek, Donati, Vitaliano, in: ?Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani?, vol. 41, 1992, s.v.).Italian Union Catalogue, ITICCURMLE31832; Pritzel, 2370; Nissen, 1137.
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L’isle déserte, comédie en un acte et en vers, Par M. C [.]

THE COPY OF KARL LUDWIG FREIHERR VON PÖLLNITZ[bound with] FAVART, Marie Justine Benoîte (1727 - 1772). Annette et lubin, coméedie en un acte en vers; Melée d'Ariettes & de Vaudevilles. Par [.] Paris, Duchesne Libraire, 1762. [bound with] BILLARDON DE SAUVIGNY, Edme Louis (1736? - 1812). La mort de Socrate, tragédie En trois Actes & en vers. Représentée pour [.] Paris, Prault le jeune Libraire, 1763. [bound with] VOLTAIRE, Francois-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778). Tacrede, tragédie, en vers et en cinq actes; Représentée par [.] Paris, Prault petit-fils Libraire, 1760. [bound with] VOLTAIRE, Francois-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778). Amelie ou le Duc de Foix Tragedie de Monsieur de Voltaire [.] Dresden, George Conrad Walther, 1752.5 works in one volume, 8vo (186x120 mm.). I: engraved frontispiece, 45, [3] pp. Col. A-C8. II: 64 pp. Col. A-D8. III: engraved frontispiece, [8], 46, [2] pp. Col. a4 A-C8. At C6 marginal upper tear. IV: engraved frontispiece, 80 pp. and two engraved plates. Col. A7 B-D8 F6. V: 80 pp. Col. A-E8. Woodcut ornaments on the title pages, many woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Occasionally slightly browned and fox. On the first two title pages and on the last one the manuscript ownership entry ?Louis Baron de Poélnitz'. Slightly later full calf with gilt title on spine (panels and spine slightly stained and worn, a few worm tracks on the panels). Provenence: on the first two title pages and on the last one manuscript ownership entry ?Louis Baron de Poélnitz', i. e. Karl Ludwig Freiherr von Pöllnitz (1692-1775), German adventurer and master of ceremonies at the court of Frederick the Great, who wrote La Saxe Gallante, 1737 (on the private life of Augustus of Saxony) and the Memoirs on his own life and times, 1734. L'isle déserte, Le mort de Socrate and Tancrede are here in first edition.Cf. I. Cioranescu nr. 20130; Cohen/R., nr. 247; Léris, nr. 538. II. Léris, nr. 43; Cior, nr. 28303. III. Cior, nr. 11911; Cohen/R., nr. 150. IV. Bengesco, nr. 234; Léris, 417. V. Bengesco, nr. 83; Léris, nr. 499.
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Divertissemens du théâtre des petits appartemens pendant l’hiver de 1748 à 1749. Fragmens Composés du prolugue, des Entrées du Feu & de l’Air du Ballet des Elemens, & de l’Acte de Philemon & Baucis du Ballet de la Paix. Representés devant le Roi, fur le Théatre des petits Appartemens à Versailles.

4to (218x141 mm.). 60 pp. Col. A-G4 H2. Many decorative woodcut ornaments, initials, head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary coloured wrappers (restored). With large margin. Some light marginal browning and foxing but a good copy with wide margins printed on thick paper.The lyrics are by M. Roy. The music for the ballet des Elemens is by Sieur Destouches André Cardinal (1672-1749), super-intendant de la musique du Roi. The music for the ballet de la Paix is by sieurs Rebel (1701-1775) and Francoeur (1698-1787), super-intendents of the King's music. The dances are by Sieur Dehesse Jean-Baptiste (1705-1779). Pierre-Charles Roy was a French poet and man of letters, noted for his collaborations with the composers François Francoeur and André Cardinal Destouches, to produce librettos for several opera-ballets on classical subjects or pseudo-classical pastiches, for seven tragedies and for his rivalry with the young Voltaire, who immortalised Roy with some disdainful public words. Roy won prizes from the Académie Française and was elected to the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, but his attempts to become an immortelle of the Académie Française were repeatedly rejected, occasioning some clandestine satires and epigrams on his part; however, the Duchess of Maine invited him to write for the Grandes Nuits de Sceaux in 1714 and 1715. He was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of St-Michel (1742), the first man of letters to be so honoured; and M.me de Pompadour had his works performed at her Théâtre des Petits Cabinets in the Petite Galerie at Versailles, 1747-51.Cf. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, nr. 31265147.
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De iudiciis urinarum tractatus, ex probatis collectus autoribus, & in tabulæ formam confectus, adiectis etiam caussis quæ hanc vel illam vrinam reddant: Ioanne Vasseo Meldensi autore.

8vo (158x104 mm.). 72 pp. Collation: A-D8 E4. Manuscript ownership entry on the title page ?Jo: Caspar Cestari Ferrarien' (?), some marginal manuscript annotations. Later vellum. Occasional pale, foxing and staining, good copy.Rare edition of this collection of medical opinions and observations on urine, gathered from the works of several authoritative authors, first published in Venice in 1542 by Venturino Roffinelli. According to Renaissance medicine, which was based on Latin sources, such as Pliny's Natural History, and Ancient Greek sources, especially Aristotle, Hippocrates and Galen, the human faculties originated mainly from three organs: brain, heart and liver. The proper or bad functioning of these organs was correctly believed to determine either illness or health. The brain regulates memory and thinking, the heart keeps our blood moving, the liver shows its health condition through urine, according to the writer. This book lists and classifies different types of urine according to their colour, odour, grade of fluidity, temperature and so on, prescribing remedies. Such features were considered to give indications on the state of the four humours in the human body, whose balance was held to be crucial to good health. Jean Vassé, the author of this short treatise, was dean of the faculty of medicine at the College de France and professor at the University of Salamanca. He was one of the earliest translators of Galen from the Greek.Italian Union Catalogue: ITICCURLZE16176
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La republique des Suisses, comprinse en deux livres, contenans le gouvernement de Suisse, l’estat public des treize cantons et de leurs confederez, en general & en particulier, leurs bailliages & iurisdictions, l’origine & les conditions de toutes leurs alliances, leurs batailles, victoires, conquestes, & autres gestes memorables, depuis l’empereur Raoul de Habspourg, iusqu’a Charles V. Descrite en Latin par Iosias Simler de Zurich, & nouvellement mise en François. Avec le pourtraict des villes des treize cantons.

8vo (154x100 mm.). [24], 467, [13] pp. Collation: ?8 **4 a-z8 A-G8. Many woodcut head-, tail-pieces, initials and 13 illustrations showing the most important cities of the Confédération Helvétique in the 16th century. Copy slightly browned copy and with some occasional staining, small repairs to the bottom of the title page. On the front flyleaf an ownership manuscript entry ?Franchon Galliard' and on the front pastedown the entry ?Hanchette Manthy'; other manuscript entries at the title page, partly inked out (?ex libris Xaleri Galliolte?1770'). 18's century marbled calf, gilt spine in compartment with lettering piece, marbled edges (worn and rubbed, joins partially opened, small losing to the top and bottom of the spine).Second edition of this important treatise. Josias Simler was a swiss theologian and humanist, he was professor of New Testament exegesis at Zürich's Carolinum academy where he also taught mathematics and Ptolemaic astronomy, and in 1560 became professor of theology. More importantly, he is well-known for its treatises on Switzerland. Indeed, La republique des suisses is the first handbook of Switzerland as represented by the woodcut with depiction of the Rütli oath surrounded by the coats of arms of the cantons. The treatise is a comprehensive history of the Swiss Confederation, accompanied by a careful analysis of domestic politics, administration and the Swiss constitution is presented. It is therefore the first description of a modern democracy and was regarded as the leading authority on Swiss constitutional matters until the time of Napoleon. Important and very rare edition, the first edition was published in 1576 in Zurich by Foschauer.Cfr. P. Stadler, Vom eidgeno?ssischen Staatsbewusstsein und Staatensystem, in: ?Schweizerische Zeitschrift fu?r Geschichte?, 8, 1958, 1-20 pp; G. von Wyss, Geschichte der Historiographie in der Schweiz, Zu?rich, 1895, 210-212 pp.
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Lettera autografa firmata ed indirizzata a Sigismondo IV Gonzaga. Modena, 31 luglio 1741

Il documento si compone di un doppio bifolio (mm. 310x210), di cui il primo è vergato su tutte e quattro le facciate, mentre il secondo è vergato solo al recto della prima carta e contiene al verso dell'ultima il nome e l'indirizzo del destinatario nonché il sigillo in ceralacca, ed di un bifolio più piccolo (mm. 240x175) vergato sulle prime tre facciate e datato in fine. Entrambe i documenti sono firmati dal Rangoni. Il nome del destinatario si ricava del primo doppio bifolio, la data invece dal secondo più piccolo di dimensioni. Tracce di piegatura, ma ottimamente conservati.Nella lunga lettera il marchese Rangoni scrive al marchese Sigismondo Gonzaga (1702-1779), che fu signore di Vescovato dal 1735 al 1779. Sigismondo, in quanto erede più prossimo dei Gonzaga del ramo principale di Mantova, avrebbe dovuto diventare duca di Mantova, ma il titolo era decaduto nel 1708 dopo la sconfitta dell'ultimo duca Ferdinando Carlo di Gonzaga-Nevers. Nel 1742 Sigismondo si recò quindi a Vienna alla corte dell'imperatore Carlo VII, sperando di venire reintegrato nell'antico ducato di famiglia, ma al contrario fu accusato di fellonia e spogliato di ogni suo bene personale fino al 1746, quando rientrò in possesso dei suoi titoli e dei suoi beni grazie all'intercessione del nuovo elettore di Baviera.La lettera del Rangoni si iscrive nel contesto delle macchinazioni di Sigismondo per riconquistare il titolo di duca di Mantova. Rangoni pare collocarsi al centro della corrispoendenza di Sigismondo pur avvocando per sé una posizione neutrale; si scusa infatti per un plico inviato da Sigismondo a Modena e destinato alla Francia che evidentemente non era stato smistato in tempo, perché trattenuto insieme alla corrispondenza del duca di Modena. Rangoni poi disquisisce della situazione politica, parlando di Venezia, della Baviera e della Francia, che ha ?(cosa inaudita) domandato il passaggio al Circolo di Svezia per una parte delle sue truppe. Torno a dire che è molto inbriccata e che la povera Italia soccomberà di nuovo pur troppo alle solite disgrazie?.
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Les singularitès de la nature. Par un Académicien de Londres, de Boulogne, de Petersbourg, de Berlin, &c.

8vo (189x114 mm.). VII, [I], 131, [1] pp. Collation: )(4 A-H8 I2 (last p. blank). With the woodcut vignette on title page and many woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. On the title page the manuscript ownership entry ?Du Comte de Chiusan' [the count of Chiusano, a municipality in the Province of Asti, Piedmont (IT)]. Some occasional staining, slightly uniformly browned. Contemporary calf, gilt ornaments on spine (slightly worn and stained, bottom of spine and upper corner of back panel missing, joins broken, trace of lettering piece), red edges.First edition described by Bengesco, vol. II, p. 228, identified for the woodcut vignette on the title page (a man bent over observing snails). In Les singularitès de la nature Voltaire describes numerous natural phenomena: ?Plus on a decouvert de verités dans le siècle de Newton, plus on doit bannir les erreurs qui souilleraient ces verités? Voltaire addresses the issue of science and especially the scientific method; the first principle he refers to is doubt, it is necessary to guard against errors that could bring discredit on the truths of science. Among the many chapters we can mention: Des pierres figurées; Du corail; Des polipes; De la formation des montagnes; Des pétrification d'animaux; De la grotte des Fées; De Bernard Palissi; Des monstres and many other peculiar phenomena. The last ones include the chapter De la population, of demographic interest. Also visible in the treatise are the themes dear to Voltaire such as the defense of tolerance, the fierce criticism against servility and fanaticism, and the contempt for those who renounce critical reasoning out of interest or mental laziness. Many scholars identify this work as one of the most mature of the great French philosopher's approach to the world of science and popular beliefs or legends, guided by the basic principles of the Enlightenment and reason.François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire was one of the most influential french enlightenment writer, philosopher and historian of the 18° century. Famous for his wit and his criticism of Christianity and of slavery, Voltaire was an advocate of freedom of speech, of religion, and separation of church and state. He was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, histories, but also scientific expositions (more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets).Cf. Bengesco vol. 2, nr. 1766.
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Opere in versi e in prosa del Signor Conte Gasparo Gozzi Veneziano dedicate a Sua Eccellenza il Sig. Daniele Farsetti. Tomo primo [-sesto]

Six volumes, 8vo (215x160 mm). Author's engraved portrait as frontispiece (F. Bartolozzi), VIII, 232 pp.; 213, [3 blank] pp.; 213, [3 blank] pp.; 232 pp.; 162, [2 blank] pp.; 152 pp. Woodcut printer's device on title pages. Woodcut decorative initials and headpieces. Contemporary cardboards ?alla rustica?, inked title on spines. Uncut with deckle edges. A flawless copy.Rare first edition, authorized and partly edited by the author himself. It contains: Elettra tragedia, Medea tragedia, Isaccio rappresentazione scenica; Edipo tragedia, L'Antiochia, rappresentazione scenica, Marco Polo, rappresentazione scenica; Zaira tragedia, La Marianne tragedia, La forza de' Natali commedia; Rime; Rime piacevoli; Lettere. Gozzi's works were reprinted posthumously by A. Dalmistro in twelve volumes in 1794.Gasparo Gozzi was among the leading exponents of the Accademia dei Granelleschi and achieved notoriety in the field of Dante studies with his Difesa di Dante (1758) written in polemic with S. Bettinelli. A very prolific author due in part to perennial financial difficulties (he wrote dramas, chicalatas for the Accademia dei Granelleschi, reports, burlesque verse, occasional poems, satires and letters), he personally edited two highly successful biweeklies, the Gazzetta veneta and the Osservatore veneto, and staged several comedies and tragedies at the Teatro Sant'Angelo, which he ran for years with his wife. He also received several public offices, including superintendent of printing and speaker for the reform of schools after the suppression of the Jesuits (1773). In 1777 he attempted suicide by throwing himself into the Bacchiglione torrent in Padua. When his wife died, he remarried the Parisian Sara Cénet, with whom he shared his last years in illness (D. Proietti, Gozzi, Gasparo, in: ?Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani?, vol. 58, 2002, s.v.).Italian Union Catalogue, ITICCUTO0E40313.