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QUINE, Willard Van Orman. La relatività ontologica e altri saggi.
Rome : 1986First edition in Italian, the copy of the author, with his ownership signature to the half-title.
The work was first published in English in 1969. The title essay is based on the first John Dewey lecture which Quine delivered at Columbia University in 1968, and is supplemented with other writings, all revolving around a relativist epistemological... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 150214
QUINE, Willard Van Orman. I modi del paradosso e altri saggi.
Milan : 1975First edition in Italian of Quine's The Ways of Paradox (first published in English in 1966), presentation copy to the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper "W. V. Quine dono da Mario Martinelli". The signer could not be traced, but was most likely involved in the book's publication or translation. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 150099
PIRANDELLO, Luigi. Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore.
Firenze : 1921First edition, first printing, very scarce, 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 from the audience of "Manicomio!"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 149920
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
HAMILTON, James. Raccolta di favole, &c.,
Bristol : 1827First edition, an instance of James Hamilton's remarkable "Hamiltonian system" for the teaching of a language - the full text of this collection of fables is given in Italian alone, and then in an interlinear translation with alternating lines of English and Italian.
Hamilton (1769-1829) himself learnt German by listening to a French émigré... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 150423
ARETINO, Pietro. Quattro Comedie.
[London : 1588First edition to be published by John Wolfe, a surreptitious London printing aimed at the Italian market, an attractive copy in contemporary vellum.
The prominent Elizabethan printer John Wolfe (1548-1601) was "a notable publisher of Italian works, including those by Pietro Aretino and, inevitably perhaps, Machiavelli, probably employing the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 150419
BECCARIA, Cesare - FACCHINEI, Giorgio Benaglio. Note ed Osservazioni sul libro intitolato dei delitti e delle pene.
[Venice : 1765First edition of an important work of the Enlightenment with deep implications in philosophy, politics and economics made all the more remarkable by its containing in a single page both one of the earliest instances of the term 'socialist' in print and an early reference to the concept of 'invisible hand', pitched one against the other. Written in... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 119102
LANZA, Pietro, principe di Trabia. Memoria sulla decadenza dell'agricoltura nella Sicilia.
Naples : 1786First edition of an important tract on agriculture containing plans for the resurgence of prosperity in Sicily. Among the areas for which Lanza suggests improvements are the use of the commons, training programmes for good farming, rational techniques in cattle raising and olive plantations. Production of wine and good viticulture enjoy a prominent... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 135106
TODESCHI, Claudio. Opere di Monsignore Claudio Tedeschi ponente del buon governo e residente di Ferrara.
Rome : 1779First collected edition of the works of a remarkable intellectual of the Italian Enlightenment. This volume presents, with some variations, the theories which Todeschi had expounded since the 1760s, and especially in his 1770 Saggi di agricoltura, manifatture e commercio, his 1774 Dissertazione sul dominio del mare, and Pensieri sulla pubblica felicità.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 135108
GARNIER, Germain. Della proprieta rispetto al diritto politico.
Milan : 1802Scarce first edition in Italian, expanded with the translator's notes, of the 1792 essay De la propriété considérée dans ses rapports avec le droit politique, by the French economist close to Malthus's ideas who would soon be responsible for the French translation of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. This work is here translated with additional notes... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 135104
CISPADENE REPUBLIC. Piano di costituzione per la repubblica Cispadana.
Modena : 1797One of four Modena editions, published in very short succession, of an Italian Enlightenment constitution stating the rights and duties of citizens and articulating the prerogatives of legislative (bicameral), executive (based on the French Directory), judiciary powers, the role of education, the role of an army, the role of administrative bodies (municipalities... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 135101
ECO, Umberto. Baudolino.
Milan : 2000First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title to a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa "for Andrew Arno, cordially, Umberto Eco". A lovely copy of Eco's novel, set in the mythical Christian world of the 12th century. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 149406
PASOLINI, Pier Paolo. Roma 1950, diario.
Milan : 1960First and only edition, first printing, number 333 of 600 copies only, of the film director and major Italian cultural figure Pier Paolo Pasolini's (1922-1975) collection of 15 poems. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 147862
BODONI, Giambattista. Manuale Tipografico.
Verona : 1968First Bodoni edition, one of 26 copies for presentation, with the printed presentation "This copy has been printed for David Earl of Crawford", and with an autograph card from the printer Giovanni Mardersteig "for David from GM. Verona, September 1969", alongside a pencilled presentation note to the front free endpaper. A further 180 numbered copies... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 147452
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
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
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
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 : 1770-71First 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