1796 · Crisopoli
Limited Bodoni edition of Tasso's best-known work. Bodoni first published this widely read 16th-century play in 1789, in honor of the Marchesa Anna Malaspina della Bastia. Vincenzo Monti supplied a dedicatory poem, and Pierantonio Serassi the preface. The text here was reset in different characters from the 1789 and, according to Brooks, limited to 100 copies on carta velina and 2 on vellum. This is a paper copy, with the engraved portrait of Tasso present on the title-page.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Joseph H. Hamilton (an oak tree being cut by a saw, with the motto "Through"; bookplate attributed to Richard Joseph Ablett by the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts). Title-page with early inked inscription of Catherine Cowper.
Brooks 650; Giani 92 (pp. 57/58). Contemporary green calf, covers framed in gilt double fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-tooled compartment decorations between gilt-ruled raised bands, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls, all edges gilt; spine and board edges browned, spine label chipped, joints and extremities rubbed. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 40176)