VERRI, Alessandro.

Le avventure di Saffo poetessa di Mitilene traduzione dal greco originale nuovamente scoperto.

Padova: Giovanni Manfré, 1780 Stock Code: 146727
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Sappho reinterpreted for the Napoleonic age

First 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 imitators also downplayed the politically subversive aspect of Sappho in favour of the nascent Napoleonic ideology.

The novel attracted a wide audience, saw five Italian reprints and numerous translations in other languages.

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Description

Octavo (190 x 125 mm). Contemporary Italian half sheep, smooth spine with double gilt rules either side of floral centre-tools, gilt-lettered in second compartment, paste-paper sides, blue and red mottled edges.

Condition

Sides and corners worn, binding sound, a little light foxing, a very good copy.

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