21 March 2005
GAMBA, Bartolommeo (1766-1841). Serie de' testi di lingua. Bassano: Tipografia Remondiniana, 1805.
8o (201 x 122mm). Crusca woodcut device on title and at the end. Contemporary straight-grained red morocco gilt, border on sides, flat spine decorated in compartments, tooled turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers. Provenance: Pietro Accordi, Milanese man of letters (presentation inscription from Tito Vanzetti, perhaps the son of the dedicatee of this edition, Lorenzo Vanzetti).
FIRST EDITION of the classic bibliography of Italian literature, whose fourth edition of 1839 is still unsurpassed as a general reference work. It treats the authors cited by the Vocabolario della Crusca, with a supplement of other writers important for the study of Italian. Apart from being a tireless printer, bibliographer and autograph collector, Gamba also owned a bookshop. Thus, his bibliographical notes on the different editions of Italian literature also include values and degrees of rarity. FINE COPY in what appears to be an Austrian binding.
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