27 - 28 June 2005
FUSI, Francesco (late 18th/early 19th century). Bibliografia ed elenco ragionato delle opere contenute nella collezione de' Classici Italiani. Milan: Società Tipografica de'Classici Italiani, 1814.
8o (202 x 127 mm). Extra-illustrated with 77 engraved portraits from the various volumes of the "Edizioni de' Classici Italiani." BOUND FOR THE KING OF SPAIN: contemporary red morocco, sides with elaborate gilt scrolling leaf border centering the arms of the King, spine gilt in compartments, gilt-lettered in one, edges gilt (few scuffs on covers); red cloth folding case. Provenance: Hans Fürstenberg (bookplate).
A FINE COPY BOUND FOR THE SPANISH KING. Laid-in are notes from Bernard H. Breslauer concerning the binding: "This is no doubt a Spanish binding for Ferdinand VII of Spain [1784-1833], produced after his return from exile in March 1814. The arms are from the identical stamp used on a binding reproduced by Matilde López Serrano on plate A1 of her Biblioteca del Palacio, 1950. That binding is signed by Bozérian l'ainé on a French book printed in 1802, but the arms were no doubt added in Madrid at a later date. But I do not wish to suppose a slight doubt: it is just possible that the binding was made for Charles IV (1748-1819) who abdicated in 1808 in favor of his son Ferdinand who later abdicated in favor of his father; he, however, after the fall of Napoleon, did not return to Spain where his son had assumed the throne, but moved to Rome where he died in great poverty in 1819. In that case the binding might have been made in Milan or Rome, but it simply does not look Italian; that the tools on it are not found on any of the few Spanish bindings of the period that have been reproduced, doesn't mean anything. The coat-of-arms appears to me to prove its Spanish origin." The text is a detailed bibliography of the editions of Italian literature found useful for the publication of the series "Classici Italiani." Many of the entries contain annotations and useful collations. Petzholdt p. 356.
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