1801 · Parme
One of the very few Bodoni publications aimed at the juvenile audience: morally uplifting life advice for students, in four languages. Printed on each page is the original Latin distich by Marc Antoine Muret (1526–85, an outstanding Renaissance Latinist), followed by François de Neufchâteau's freely adapted French quatrains and then by his translations into both Italian and German verse — with the French and Italian set in increasingly large characters and the German in Bodoni's fraktur font. The work was first published in 1796, with this marking its first appearance from the legendary Bodoni press.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Brian Douglas Stilwell, front free endpaper with bookplate of Robert Wayne Stilwell.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only eight U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Providence Public, NYPL, UCLA, University of California-Irvine, HRC, Bridwell, Pierpont Morgan).
Brooks 805; De Lama, II, 142; Giani 135 (p. 65). Later half green morocco and marbled paper–covered boards, spine lettered in gilt; minimal shelfwear to lower edges only. Front pastedown with pencilled reference annotations. A few small spots of staining; two pages with faint area of offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; pages crisp and clean overall. => A marvelous polyglot, of much interest both textually and typographically, in a very attractive copy. (Inventory #: 40184)