Scritti Editi e Inediti di Giuseppe Mazzini (1861) - SIGNED by Mazzini and Garibaldi in a presentation binding given by Alessandro Repetti to fellow Garibaldi Guards member Ellis D. Lazell
by Mazzini, Giuseppe (Re: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Alessandro Repetti)
Milano: G. Daelli, 1861. First printing. Hardcover. Fine. First edition, 1861, Vol. 1 only - Politica. SIGNED on the dedicatory pages by both Mazzini and Garibaldi. Large 8vo, full pebbled dark green calf gilt, presentation binding given by Col. Alessandro Repetti to his friend Ellis D. Lazell. 416 pp. Fine copy with minimal wear, light foxing to contents. A wonderful association copy. Repetti, who was mainly a publisher in Switzerland and Italy, emigrated to America in 1859 and fought in the Civil War as one of the leaders of the Garibaldi Guard (39th NY Volunteers), who modeled their garb on the Italian revolutionaries and who flew an Italian flag in battle 'consecrated' by Garibaldi himself; his friend Ellis Lazell served in the Garibaldi Guard (not all of whom were Italians) as Lieutenant and Quartermaster - the Guard saw action in Gettysburg, Bull Run, and elsewhere - in 1862 Repetti went back to Europe 'for health reasons' and probably gave this book as a parting gift to Lazell (it is also possible that he sent it over from Europe, but the binding strikes us as American). It bears a thumbnail photograph of Repetti on the pastedown and loosely laid in is a newspaper clipping from 1867, Mazzini's address to the Romans. Mazzini and Garibaldi are considered the two fathers of the nation of Italy. A remarkable copy, joining symbolically Italy's struggles to achieve unity and nationhood with America's struggle.
(Inventory #: H2227)
Literature, Arts & Photography, Western Pennsylvania, General Scholarly
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