Passatempi Melanconici. Giuseppe LATTANZI.
Passatempi Melanconici.
THE DEDICATION COPY

Passatempi Melanconici.

Milan, F. Bolzani [1800].

8vo. 100p.

CONTEMPORARY PRESENTATION BINDING of gilt-decorated red paper over boards, gilt-lettered green paper onlay on the front panel, A MADEMOISELLE ISIDORA PETIET G. LATTANZI D.D., gilt-ruled spine, all edges gilt, marbled pastedowns.

Only Edition of this collection of Petrarchan sonnets, occasional verse, epigrams and diplomatic letters presented to the 13-year-old Isidore Eugénie Petiet (1788-1869), whom the author tutored in Italian. Likely for private distribution, the poems celebrate Napoleon’s victories, the beheadings of Charles I and Louis XVI, love, flowers, England…. A prolific author and a colorful and controversial journalist, Lattanzi abandoned the priesthood, had scandalous sexual liaisons and married twice. I have located one copy of Pastimes outside Italy. In fine condition.
¶DBI 64: 19-22.

Item #11165

Price: $950.00