1811 · Parmae
Sole Bodoni and sole book edition: Written in Horatian-inspired Alcaic stanzas, this Napoleonic birthday tribute in honor of the "King of Rome" was the third Latin ode from Cardinal Tadini to be printed by Bodoni. Never reprinted in book form and apparently otherwise printed only once in a contemporary periodical, the poem is now scarce, most especially in this large, imposing Bodoni production: A search of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, KVK, and SBN finds only six libraries worldwide reporting ownership => none in the U.S., one in Britain, one in Switzerland, and four in Italy.
Provenance: Inscribed on the title-page Donné par L'Auteur. Front pastedown and free endpaper with bookplates of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire; John Egerton-Cust, 2nd Earl Brownlow, Ashridge, 1876; Crosby Gaige (Broadway producer, book collector, and co-founder of the Watch Hill Press); abd Grolier Club member Leroy Arthur Sugarman. Additionally, the large, neat, elegant rubber-stamp of the Ashridge Library at foot of title-page.
Brooks 1100; De Lama, II, 196. Not in Brunet, not in Graesse. Original Bodoni orange paper–covered boards, front cover with gilt-stamped title and author and paper now more brown than orange — rubbed at extremities and spine with loss of paper in top 7". Bookplates, ownership markings, and inscription as above. Pages clean. => An uncommon item, with extended, interesting provenance. (Inventory #: 40199)