1794 · Parma
Typically elegant Bodoni printing of this ottava rima treatment of the subject, written by the Marchese Niccolò Viviani, governor of Pisa, and dedicated to Maria Luisa of Parma. In 1794, Bodoni published the first edition of Ero, e Leandro in folio, following up in the same year with quarto and octavo versions; the paper of this => large quarto is watermarked "FP." Thomas Hartwell Horne claimed "of each edition, not more than => 40 or 50 copies were struck off."
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Robert Wayne Stilwell and with 19th-century Florence bookseller's ticket.
Brooks 548; De Lama, II, 96–97; Giani 59 (p. 51). Contemporary half brown calf and marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, marbled endpapers and all edges marbled; rubbed overall with fore-edge and spine label chipped, pin-hole worm action to spine/joints without this reaching interior. Free endpapers, front fly-leaf, and final blank each with one horizontal crease in lower portion; front endpapers with pencilled annotations. Occasional light to moderate foxing. (Inventory #: 40167)