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TASSONI Alessandro – La Secchia Rapita – 1744


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TASSONI Alessandro – La Secchia Rapita poema eroicomico di Alessandro Tassoni patrizio modenese, colle dichiarazioni di Gaspare Salviani romano, s’aggiungono la Prefazione, e le Annotazioni di Giannandrea Barotti ferrarese; Le varie Lezioni de’ Testi a penna, e di molte Edizioni; e la vita del poeta composta da Lodovico Antonio Muratori bibliotecario del serenissimo signor Duca di Modena. Seconda edizione – 1744. In Modena, per Bartolommeo Soliani Stamp. Duc.. Nineteenth-century half vellum with gilded titles and fillets at the spine, marbled boards; quarto, 21,7 cm; pp. (2b) + (2) + 508 + (2b); very slight internal blooms and a couple of stains, a copy in very good shape overall. Beautiful woodcut frontispiece, title page in red and black with woodcut illustration, initials, headings and endings in woodcut, woodcut portrait of the Author on sheet C7v, large “Tavola Geneaologica de’ Personaggi della Casa Tassoni di Modena” folded table between pages 98 and 99 , 12 full-page woodcuts at the beginning of each chapter plus another 5 similar (preceding cantos II, V, X, XI, XII) representing the White Marble Tower of Modena. Beautiful copy of the second ‘Modenese’ edition of La Secchia (the first dates back to the same year but has a different engraving apparatus), which includes a long preface by Tassoni, a catalog of the editions of La Secchia known to him, a biography of the author written by Muratori, sonnets in praise of the work, various dedications and reflections, the “To the readers” by Gaspare Salviati, the entire text of the Secchia, the first two cantos of L’Oceano by Tassoni, indexes and tables and, finally, a short Catalog of Lincei Academicians. The copy is embellished by the presence of an autograph letter and the relative envelope with sealing wax (bound just after the first blank) by Giovanni Andrea Barotti, dated November 1741, and addressed to Domenico Vandelli from Modena, in which the news of the publication of La Secchia is criticised by Soliani