1828 · Parma
Sole edition, from the Bodoni press under the direction of his widow => Margherita DallAglio: Annotated tribute to the accomplishments of Count Cesare Ventura (1741–1826), who served as co-regent of Parma following the death of Duke Ferdinando. An exceptional diplomat, the count was known for his prudence and civic virtue; here, de Lama, noted biographer of Giambattista Bodoni, sings Ventura's praises. Although the printer himself had died in 1813, his widow and heir was undoubtedly well aware of the cordial relationship between Bodoni and Ventura — the former had previously dedicated a volume of Poliziano's poems to the latter, and later dedicated Tasso's Gerusalemme to Carlos IV after the count persuaded the king to accept the dedication.
The work is now uncommon: Searches of WorldCat locate => only three U.S. institutions reporting ownership (the Universities of Kansas and Illinois and the Bridwell Library) and only a handful of additional European locations. This is an untrimmed copy, in contemporary wrappers.
Brooks 1297. Contemporary plain paper wrappers, sunned with edges worn. Title-page with light foxing. (Inventory #: 40204)