“ONE OF THE BEST SONNETEERS OF THE 18TH CENTURY”: BEAUTIFULLY BOUND COLLECTION OF SALANDRI’S SONNETS AND LYRICS, 1783
SALANDRI, Pellegrino. Poesie Scelte dell’Abate Pellegrino Salandri, Segretario Perpetuo della Reale Accademia delle Scienze e Belle Lettere. Mantua: Alberto Pazzoni, 1783. Octavo, contemporary full crimson close-grain morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, green morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $550.
First edition of this collection of sonnets and lyrics by “one of the best sonneteers of the 18th century,” beautifully bound in contemporary Italian morocco-gilt. Scarce, especially in this condition.
Ugo Foscolo called Salandri (1723-71) “one of the best sonneteers of the 18th century.” This collection includes “Litanie,” Salandri’s stirring sequence of 81 religiously themed sonnets; hymns dedicated to Pope Clement XIV; verses composed for the weddings of Peter Leopold of Austria (later Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II) with Maria Luisa of Spain, and Duke Ferdinand I of Bourbon-Parma with Maria Amalia of Austria; along with songs and odes “di vario argomento” and sonnets “per diverse occasioni.” With a biographical notice of the abbot. Text in Italian.
Fine condition. A lovely volume. Scarce.