Versi sciolti e rimati by [BODONI]. DELLA TORRE REZZONICO, Carlo…

[BODONI]. DELLA TORRE REZZONICO, Carlo Gastone (1742-1796). DAFNEIO, Dorillo, pseud.

Versi sciolti e rimati di Dorillo Dafneio. Parma, Stamperia Reale, 1773.

First edition. 8vo (208 x 135 mm), pp. [ii], [viii], 137, [1], lacking the final blank as usual, including engraved title with carved marble stone surrounded by garlands and an urn, small engraved head- and tailpieces, lower edges uncut, light ink marks to H7-8 and G5-6, occasional very slight marginal spotting, K1 unobtrusively strengthened at gutter, bound in contemporary block-stamped plain paper boards with olive-green zig-zag pattern, stitched as issued, a bit faded (old water stain) towards foot of spine, extremities a little worn.

A scarce and delightful work by the prolific Della Torre Rezzonico, writing under the pastoral pseudonym of Dorillo Dafneio. Produced at the press of Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), this is one of numerous occasional publications, adorned with handsome engraved typographical ornaments, which he printed at the Royal Press of Duke Ferdinand of Parma and the Archduchess of Austria, Maria Amalia. Count Carlo Gastone dell Torre di Rezzonico was the darling of Roman society, a member of the Roman Accademia dell’Arcadia and a fashionable and accomplished poet, amateur musician and the organiser of legendary court parties. The philosophical, ornate verse in this collection, dedicated to Ferdinand and Maria Amalia, was typical of the Count’s activity at the court of Parma; for this work he was appointed chamberlain and colonel.

Worldcat lists BL, Northwestern, Case Western, SMU, UCLA and St Catherine.

Brooks 40; Cicognara 1343. Not in De Lama.

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