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AN UNCOMMON COLLECTION OF PROSE AND POEMS BY ANTONIO CONTI, COMPLETE OF THE SECOND VOLUME WHICH APPEARED 17 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST

Conti, Antonio. Prose e poesie del signor abate Antonio Conti patrizio veneto. Tomo primo. Parte prima [-tomo secondo e postumo]. In Venezia: presso Giambatista Pasquali, 1739-1756.

4to (248x170 mm), full brown leather binding, five raised bands spine with gilt decorations, gilt title on a red leather label at spine, marbled paper at paste-downs, green marbled edges; 2 volumes; pp. [66], CVI, CXVI-CCCLXII, [2], [1] folding plate; (8) 308, CLXXX, (4). First v. includes also a leaf between leaves P*1 and P*2, marked 'P*2' again and paged CXV-CXVI, containing two sonnets at recto and annotations on them at verso, and at bottom the catchword "POE-".
First title page in red and black with a central vignette (repeated at second, in b/w types), some elegant head-pieces and a large chalcographic folding plate (350x500 mm), engraved by Antonio Visentini.
The plate shows a fantasy landscape with Italian gardens and an astronomer contemplating the Venus globe.

The work includes (in v. 1): Il globo di Venere, sogno. Riflessioni su l'aurora boreale. Proteo, idillio. Cantate: Timoteo, Cassandra. Sonetti teologici, filologici, eroici. Poesie varie. Dissertazione sopra l'Atalia del Racine. Traduzione dell'Atalia. Traduzioni dal Greco. (and in v. 2): Notizie intorno la vita e gli studj del sig. abate Conti [by Giuseppe Toaldo]. Poesie tradotte dal inglese [by Lady Mary Montagu]. Al sig. marchese Manfredo Repetta sopra il poema del Riccio rapito. Il Riccio rapito [by A. Pope]. Prose francese e italiane a monsieur Perel. Dialogue sur la nature de l'amour. Lettere.

The second volume (in two parts with their numbering) is particularly interesting for the news on the life and works of the Author and for the attempt to flesh out his very abundant and varied scientific and literary production, which remained mostly unpublished. It was published posthumously started by Angelo Querini (1680-1755), Archbishop of Corfu and Bishop of Brescia, bibliophile and scholar, librarian of the Vatican and founder of Queriniana of Brescia.

References: IT\ICCU\FERE\002821 and IT\ICCU\FERE\002822. OCLC, 13600872.

Condition

Traces of use at both vol. binding (abrasions at hinges, little lack of leather and pealing at second vol. back board). Text with large edges. Clean and crispy leaves at first volume; presence of water stains at second volume. Overall, a good set.

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[Poetry] Conti, Prose e poesie, 1739-56, 2 vols

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