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GAMBA, Bartolommeo (1766-1841). Serie de' testi di lingua. Bassano: Tipografia Remondiniana, 1805.
8o (232 x 160 mm). Crusca woodcut device on title and at the end (light dampstaining at end). Contemporary Italian printed paper wrappers. Provenance: Bartolommeo Gamba (with corrections for the second edition).
GAMBA'S OWN COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH NUMEROUS AUTOGRAPH CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS FOR THE SECOND EDITION. Gamba's 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 LARGE COPY probably bound from proof sheets, large-paper copies of this edition are not recorded.
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