VERRI, Alessandro. Le avventure di Saffo poetessa di Mitilene traduzione dal greco originale nuovamente scoperto.
Padova : 1780First edition of the foundational text in the contemporary novelistic reinterpretation of Sappho, in which Phaon, the mythical lover presented by Ovid as the poet's downfall, replaces her at the heroic centre of the Sapphic plot. Following Madame Dacier's lead, Verri ignored any mention of the poetess's homosexuality; he and his many successors and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146727
LAMPEDUSA, Giuseppe Tomasi di. Il Gattopardo.
Milan : 1978First edition thus, first printing, number 218 of 500 copies only, of Lampedusa's Leopard with the text from the original 1957 manuscript, with illustrations not included in the first edition, and specially bound.
Winner of the prestigious Strega Prize in 1959, Lampedusa's novel ranks as one of the finest of the 20th century. "It is a brilliant... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147951
DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.
London : 1808-09First Zotti edition, a handsomely bound set of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian.
Romualdo Zotti (d. 1819) was an Italian expatriate in London, a teacher of Italian to young noble women and a printer. Zotti produced highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar, as well as editions of Italian poets. Zotti's interest in the education... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147655
DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); ARIOSTO, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso.
Milan : 1881First Italian edition of the last of the great Doré folios devised by Hachette, this copy presented in a most imposing binding, with a gift dedication on the front cover "Al Caro Carlo Tito"; it was preceded by the Paris edition of 1879, and unusually there was no edition in English.
Ariosto's "sprawling poetic epic relating the intricate... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144199
PIRANDELLO, Luigi. Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore.
Firenze : 1921First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume 3 of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence.
The debut performance in Milan was greeted with shouts... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 133932
NONESUCH PRESS: DANTE ALIGHIERI. La Divina Commedia.
London : 1928First Nonesuch edition, number 302 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with Sandro Botticelli's illustrations, reproduced from the... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 122614
BEMBO, Pietro. De gliasolani di M. Pietro Bembo nequali si ragiona d'amore.
Venice : 1530Second edition of Gli Asolani, Bembo's most famous work, first published in 1505. The second edition has significant revisions, "which brought the work into greater linguistic and stylistic conformity with Bembo's watershed contribution to the Italian language question debate (questione della lingua) and the Prose della volgar lingua" (Theodore Cachey,... Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 114075
PORCACCHI, Thomaso. L'Isole Piu Famose Del Mondo.
Venice : 1576Second and best edition, which contains "much more" (Sabin) than the first edition of 1572, including 17 additional maps. Two of these, Jamaica and Porto Rico, are in the eight-map section on the New World, which also includes a reduced version of Forlani's 1565 map, the first to show America as a single geographical entity, Temistitan (Mexico), Cuba,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 143018
ECO, Umberto. Il pendolo di Foucault.
Milan : 1988First edition, first printing, signed by Eco on the title page, and scarce thus. His classic Italian novel was translated into English by William Weaver the following year. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142112
PARETO, Vilfredo. Compendio di Sociologia generale.
Florence : 1920First abridged edition of the Italian economist's principal contribution to sociology, Trattato di sociologia generale, which was originally published in 1916 and first translated into English in 1935 as The Mind and Society. This edition appeared as part of Gaspero Barbèra's series of key economics textbooks, "Manuali Barbera di scienze giuridiche... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 120527
CALVINO, Italo. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".
Cottondale : 1985Signed limited edition, number 73 of 75 copies signed by the artist and the author, of this bilingual publication of Before you say "Hello".
With the printer's change of address humourous slip loosely inserted, explaining that he, Richard-Gabriel Price Rummonds, "has forsaken Cottondale, Alabama, wimpish deans, dragonlady paper decorators, ungrateful... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140672
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Trattati di legislazione civile e penale.
Naples : 1818First edition in Italian of Bentham's Theory of Legislation, originally published in French, edited by Etienne Dumont from Bentham's original manuscripts. This work did more than any other to establish Bentham's reputation. It consists partly of papers by Bentham himself, some of which were originally composed in French, and partly of a digest by Dumont... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 128947
VALENTI, Ghino. Principii di scienza economica.
Florence : 1906First edition, published as volume eight of the theoretical series of Manuali Barbèra di Scienze Giuridiche Sociali e politiche, dedicated to Angelo Messedaglia. Professor of economics at the universities of Modena, Padua, and Siena, and a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, Valenti (1852-1920) is described by Cossa as "a meritous agricultural economist",... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 135103
EINAUDI, Luigi. Gli ideali di un economista.
Florence : 1921First edition, published as notebooks 50-51, a double number of the fourth series of Prezzolini's Quaderni de "La Voce", a collection of articles written by Einaudi that had mostly appeared in the newspaper Il Corriere. More political than economic, the various articles deal with education, Great-Britain, Woodrow Wilson, the Treaty of Versailles, a... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 119105
PUTEO, Paris de; otherwise Paride del Pozzo. Duello,
Venice : 1521An elegant Italian edition of this important treatise on duelling laws and customs, printed in italic type in the humanist octavo format made popular by Aldus Manutius.
Paride del (or dal) Pozzo (1410-1493), called il Puteo, Latinized as Paris de Puteo, was a 15th-century Italian jurist. His treatise was first printed in Latin, then in Italian... Learn More£3,200.00
Stock Code: 139884
MILL, John Stuart. Il Governo rappresentativo.
Turin : 1865First edition in Italian of Mill's Considerations on Representative Government, published as part two of the series Collezione di opere economiche, amministrative e politiche. "In his major work on political institutions, Considerations on Representative Government, the decline of individuality and the growing power of mass opinions are major reasons... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 119112
DE FINETTI, Bruno; G. Rodinò; N. Kitz. "Symposium on automatic digital computation" del National Physycal Laboratory, Teddington. (Londra, 25-28 marzo 1953.)
Rome : 1954Original offprint, number 403 in the series of publications of the Instituto per le applicazioni del calcolo. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135238
LOCKE, John. Il Governo civile.
Amsterdam : 1773First edition in Italian of one of the most famous and influential works in the history of liberalism, the second of Locke's Two Treatises on Government (1690). "'An anonymous translation from the French text of David Mazel, probably the 1755 ed." (Yolton). The work did not appear again in Italian until 1925. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 119924
AGNESI, Maria Gaetana - FRISI, Antonio Francesco. Elogio storico di Da. Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Milan : 1799First edition of "the most valuable source of information" (Mazzotti, p. 658) on the life of the Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, the first woman to publish a mathematical work. Written by her friend Antonio Frisi and published the year of her death, it is the earliest biographical work about her. Though relatively well represented institutionally... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138353
MANDEVILLE, Bernard de. Venere popolare ovvero apologia delle case di piacere.
Cosmopoli : 1767First edition in Italian of Mandeville's A modest Defence of publick stews, or, an essay upon whoring, as it is now practis'd in these kingdoms, a treatise against prostitution, being an expansion of his pragmatic approach to morality, first espoused in the Fable of the Bees.
Stock Code: 130765
PETRARCA, Francesco. Le Rime.
London : 1822A charming miniature Petrarch (in the original Italian), attractively bound, and finely printed by Pickering as part of his Diamond Classics series of miniature books, featuring the great writers. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 137767
PIERALISI, Sante. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.
Rome : 1858First edition, presentation copy from the prince of Palestrina, Enrico Barberini-Colonna (1823-1889), inscribed on the front wrapper to the French politician Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre, comte de Falloux (1811-1886), instigator of the Falloux Laws, which promoted Catholic education in French schools under Napoleon III. A large and well-illustrated study... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137227
ALMANAC; Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Almanacco della Real Casa e Corte per l'anno 1825.
Naples : 1825A particularly attractive copy of this scarce regal almanac for the court of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, formed in 1815 by the union of the kingdoms of Sicily and Naples, existing as an entity until Garibaldi's invasion of 1860. This edition was issued in the year of the death of Ferdinand I (1751-1825): "undereducated, boisterous, he liked nothing... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 135846
CANTILLON, Richard. Saggio sulla natura del commercio in generale. Autore Inglese.
Venice : 1767First edition in Italian of Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, first published in French in 1755. This translation, attributed to F. Scottoni who signs the dedication, is extremely scarce, WorldCat locating only the British Library copy.
Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 118599
BARETTI, Joseph. A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages.
London : 1760First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous sayings and senseless proverbs... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131203
FIBONACCI (subject); GUGLIELMINI, Giovanni Battista. Elogio di Lionardo Pisano:
[Bologna : 1813]First edition of Guglielmini's lecture on Leonardo Pisano, better known today by his nickname Fibonacci, albeit a nickname which would not be invented by Guillaume Libri for another two decades. Fibonacci was the most influential of the Western mathematicians of the Middle Ages, popularising the system of Arabic numerals, and introducing to Europe what... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 130611
MARX, Karl. Il Capitale di Carlo Marx brevemente compendiato da Carlo Cafiero.
Milan : 1879First edition, extremely scarce, of Cafiero's abridgment of Marx's Das Kapital, the first appearance of the work in Italian. This was one of the earliest abridgements of Das Kapital, and was much admired by Marx.
Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), an Italian socialist, met Marx and Engels in London in 1870 and was recruited to their cause. He returned... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128758
STARK, Freya. Le valli degli assassini (The Valleys of the Assassins).
Milan : 1983First Italian edition, inscribed by Freya Stark "con i migliori saluti da Freya Stark". This is an Italian translation by Gioia Angiolillo Zannino and Nicoletta Coppini of Stark's classic travel book of Persia, with an introduction by Alberto Moravia. There is an English interview with Moravia loosely inserted at the rear. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 127622
BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci.
Venice : 1589First edition of a neglected masterpiece in the history of economics. Schumpeter writes: "Divested of nonessentials, the 'Malthusian' Principle of Population sprang fully developed from the brain of Botero in 1589: populations tend to increase, beyond any assignable limit, to the full extent made possible by human fecundity (the virtus generativa of... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 126573
LOCKE, John. Ragionamenti sopra la moneta, l'interesse del danaro, le finanze e il commercio.
Florence : 1751Rare first edition in Italian of Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money (1692) and Further Considerations concerning Raising the Value of Money (1695). It is the only early translation of Locke's papers on money, based on the folio Works of 1740, and is furnished with extensive footnotes by... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 126250
DE FINETTI, Bruno, & Ferruccio Minisola. La matematica per le applicazioni economiche.
Rome : 1961Rare first edition of this manual on mathematics applied to economics by the influential Italian probabilist statistician and actuary Bruno de Finetti (1906-1985). De Finetti is chiefly noted for both his "operational subjective" conception of probability (developed in the 1920s independently of Frank P. Ramsey) and for his eponymous theorem on exchangeable... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 124001
VICO, Giambattista. Vita scritta da se medesimo.
Venice : 1728First edition of Vico's autobiography, argued by Croce to be "the application of the Scienza Nuova to the life of its author, the course of his own individual history" (p. 266), printed as pages 145-256 in the first volume of Calogerà's Raccolta d'opusculi scientifici e filologici, a quarterly miscellany.
"A Proposal to the Scholars of Italy",... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 123878
MARX, Karl. [Opere.]
Rome : 1899-1902First edition, a bound volume of 12 Italian translations of works by Marx, issued by Luigi Mongini in parts, each work separately paginated, but continuously signed.
"1899 would mark a further qualitative leap in the publication of Marx and Engels's texts in Italy, reaching a particular peak in the years between 1899 and 1902. This was the most... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 123720
BOCCARDO, Gerolamo. Dizionario della economia politica e del commercio cosi teorico come pratico.
Turin : 1857-61First edition of Boccardo's dictionary of political economy, intended for the use of public servants and businessmen, and a major influence on the development of Italian economic study. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 123760
GALIANI, Ferdinando. De' Doveri de' principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.
[Naples] : 1782First edition of this scarce work, which earned Galiani the chair of first assessor in the council of finances in Naples. The book was written during the war between England and France in 1778, during which the Kingdom of Naples stood neutral. It points out the rights and duties of neutral and warfaring powers. Several chapters discuss aspects of trade... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 114995
BECCARIA, Cesare, marchese di. Opere diverse.
Naples : 1770-1First edition of the collected works of the father of modern penology, including his celebrated Dei delitti e delle pene, which was first published in 1764. From the library of archivist and civil servant Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent under-secretary of state for... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 114251
GRAZZINI, Anton Francesco. Comedie;
Venice : 1582First edition of this collection of comedies by the Florentine poet and playwright Anton Francesco Grazzini, called "Il Lasca", (1503-1584), who was an important practitioner of the commedia erudite, the 16th-century popular drama that spurned the classicizing taste of the age and the refined artistic ideals of Pietro Bembo. These are robust comedies... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 113446
ZAMBELLI, Andrea. Mercantesche dichiarationi della scrittura doppia, conti de cambii, comissioni, e ragguagli di piazze.
Brescia : 1681Rare first edition of Zambelli's second work on accounting, double-entry book-keeping and exchange, published ten years after his Il ragionato, o sia trattato della scrittura universale (1671). In the present work he devotes the first part (pages 1-67) to all aspects of double-entry book-keeping; of debit, credit, use of the journal, of the master book,... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 110962
JONES, E. T. - BORNACCINI, Giuseppe. Idee teoretiche e pratiche di ragionatería e di doppia registrazione, con in fine dei rilievi sul metodo semplice di tenere i registri di commercio di E. T. Jones Inglese.
Rimini : 1818First edition, which contains, at the end (pp. 419-439), an exposition of Jones's method of accounting. The very rare first Italian translation of Jones's English System of Book-keeping, translated from the French edition, was first published in 1815. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 105396
ROGGERO, Mario Frederico. Il Contributo di Mendelsohn alla evoluzione dell'architettura moderna.
Milan : 1952First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Erich Mendelsohn on the front free endpaper, "To Alexander and Cally Cochran, Erich Mendelsohn, VII ? 53", and with the recipients' bookplate on the front pastedown. Alexander Cochran was an American architect, who founded the firm Cochran, Stephenson and Donkervoet. This monograph, to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 91743
ROSSI, Giambernardo de. Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.
Parma : 1807First edition of this handsomely-presented bio-bibliographical compilation on the great Arab authors of history. The author was one of the leading Italian Orientalists of the period, lecturer in Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic, and theology at the University of Parma. Relatively common institutionally, but rarely encountered on the market. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 91495
NEMNICH, Philip A. An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise,
London : 1799First edition of a multi-lingual dictionary for merchants, the first part giving English words with their European translations, followed by a series of eleven dictionaries of European languages, together with Russian and Latin, and their English translations, compiled by the young German encyclopaedist, lexicographer and travel writer Philipp Andreas... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 88447
MAGNUS, Olaus. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
Venice : 1565First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs, warfare, trades and occupations,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 87741
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Italian] La Seconda Guerra Mondiale.
Verona : 1948First Italian editions, limited issue, first two volumes only of the complete set, number 12 of 30 numbered sets signed by the publisher of a print-run of just 1030, this copy inscribed by the author to his literary agent in vol. I: "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948".
From the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 35016