SPENSER, Edmund.

La Mutabilita.

Poema in due canti dall'inglese. Recato in verso italiano detto ottava rima da Tomaso Jacopo Mathias (Inglese).

Napoli: Dal Stamperia del Genio Tipigrafico, diretta de Agnello Nobile, 1827 Stock Code: 132611
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First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English scholar and Italophile who from 1817 resided in Naples. La Mutabilita followed his translation of the first canto, published as Il Cavaliero della Croce Rossa in Naples 1826. Naples had been made a popular haunt for English Italophiles in the preceding decades in the circle gathered round William and Emma Hamilton. WorldCat locates only 11 institutional holdings worldwide.

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Octavo. Original wrappers, titles to spine and front.

Condition

Wrappers lightly soiled and spotted, minor chips to ends, but a rare survival in the original wrappers, sound and generally in very good condition.

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