VICO, Giambattista.

Vita scritta da se medesimo.

[In:] Raccolta d'opusculi scientifici e filologici. Tomo Primo.

Venice: Cristoforo Zane, 1728 Stock Code: 123878
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First edition of Vico's autobiography

First 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", written by Count Gian Artico di Porcía in 1721 and printed in this volume as pages 127-43, encouraged intellectual figures "to write their autobiographies for the edification of young students and with a view to the reform of school curricula and methods. This proposal, animated by a desire 'for the advancement of learning in Italy our illustrious fatherland', is followed by much the longest article in the volume, the autobiography of Giambattista Vico, which is offered as a model While he was waiting for The New Science to go to press, Vico composed Part A of his autobiography and sent it to Porcía's Roman agent Abbé Esperti, who forwarded it to Porcía on June 23. It gives every sign of having been written with great rapidity, for the most part from memory and without consulting records or documents. But Porcía wrote to Esperti in September that Vico had grasped his idea better than anyone else, and carried it out to perfection" (Introduction to the Cornell University Press edition, 1963). Part B was completed in 1728, after which the autobiography was published in full in this present edition.

In addition to Vico's Life, the miscellany volume includes articles such as a history of the city of Prato, a life of the sixteenth-century historian Gualdo, and a review of a recent edition of the Decameron.

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Octavo (147 x 80 mm). Contemporary sheep, twin spine labels lettered in gilt, spine elaborately gilt with raised bands, edges sprinkled red.


Engraved headpieces. 3 plates, of which 2 folding, to pp. 90-3.


Head of spine and top edges of boards repaired, gutter of front free endpaper repaired with Japanese tissue. Some patches of wear to boards, corners bumped, contents lightly foxed with occasional instances of mild dampstain, overall a very good copy.


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