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Il bardo della Selva Nera Poema epico-lirico. Parte prima.

Il bardo della Selva Nera Poema epico-lirico. Parte prima.

Monti, Vincenzo]. First Bodoni "piccolo ducale" printing of this epic verse extolling Napoleon's military accomplishments. The poet (1754?1828) changed his colors several times during the course of his career, at first lauding the pope in a number of works before renouncing that conviction in favor of temporarily supporting first the French Revolution and then Napoleon (who rewarded him with a professorship at the University of Pavia), and, later still, after Napoleon's downfall, switching his allegiance from the French to the Austrians. Here, drawing not only on Neoclassical tropes but also on Ossian for literary inspiration, Monti describes Napoleonic triumphs including the Battle of Ulm, the Egyptian campaign, the coup d'?tat of 1799, and the Battle of Austerlitz. In 1806, Bodoni printed the six existing cantos (the proposed second and third parts of the poem were never published) in four forms: folio, quarto, and two different octavo formats, with this final Bodoni version => nicely displaying the press's skill with smaller types. => None of the Bodoni editions are common. Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Carlo Antonio Dotti, Milan; front free endpaper with Dotti's pencilled inscription. 8vo (16.1 cm, 6.3"). [4], x, [2], 96, [2] pp. Brooks 1000; De Lama, II, 171; Giani 176 (p. 71). Contemporary hand-decorated paper-covered boards with title inked on front board and publisher information on back, and both inked on spine; spine darkened and worn, sides with spots of discoloration, decorative blue paper bands slightly faded. Front pastedown with bookplate as above and with affixed slips of older cataloguing; front free endpaper with inscription as above and inked bibliographic notes, and with offsetting from pastedown items. Page edges untrimmed; variable foxing and soiling. => An intriguing copy.