by Muratori, Lodovico Antonio (1672-1750); Giangiuseppe Orsi (1652-1733).
Modena: Bartolomeo Soliani, 1735. First edition. Boards. Very Good/Orsi's main contribution to the Italian enlightenment resided in his pamphlet war with the French Jesuit chauvinist Dominique Bouhours at the beginning of the 18th century. Bouhours argued for the universality of the French language and the superiority of the French spirit. Here the librarian-philosopher Lodovico Antonio Muratori presents an impassioned eulogy for his intellectual predecessor, recently dead, and edits his surviving poetry. The 39-page introduction is followed by Orsi's poems, and then by a collection of memorial sonnets by Muratori, Tassoni, Zanotti and others.. Octavo (19 cm);  117  pages; first two pages blank. Three parts, each with separate title page, continuously paginated. Woodcut putto device on two title pages; woodcut initial and ornaments. Bound in 1/4 vellum over pasteboard, titled in manuscript on spine. Scattered foxing, yet sound, clean and entire. (Inventory #: 4794)
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