Lucca, Italy:: Domenico Marescandoli. 1797. hardcover. Three vols. ONLY. 4to. xlvii, , 392; 417, ; 428 pp. Engraved. title-page vignettes; Vol. II p. 11 lower right corner torn (not. affecting text). Contemporary tree calf, spines re-backed in polished. calf with original spine fragments laid down; extremities worn.. Hartford Seminary Foundation/Case Memorial Library bookplates,. Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last. few pages. RARE. Very good.. FIRST EDITION of the first 3 volumes of Villanovas encyclopedia of the Italian language. The five volumes Alberti compiled were published from 1797-1800. He was seized with his last illness while preparing a new edition of this work for the press, and he confided the superintendence of it to Francisco Federighi, who published a sixth volume in 1805 (Jones, p. 684). Alberti was born at Nice. Nothing is recorded of his life, except that he prosecuted his studies with success in his youth, and devoted himself to literature (Jones, p. 684). REFERENCES: Jones, J. Winter, Alberti di Villanova, Francesco, The Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Vol. I., Pt. II, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842. . 2 (Inventory #: LV2082)
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