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Bodoni, Giambattista.  Prose, e versi per onorare la memoria di Livia Doria Caraffa principessa del S. R. Imp. e della Rocella. Parma: Impresso Nella Reale Stamperia di Parma, 1784. Large 4to (29.1 cm, 11.5"). [8], 407, [3] pp.; 24 plts. (incl. in pagination).
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First edition: "Probably => one of the most beautiful memorial volumes ever produced," according to Updike (emphasis ours). Livia Doria Carafa, princess of Roccella, passed away in 1779 at just 34 years old, and her grieving widower paid tribute to her first with a medal commissioned from Bernhard Perger and then with this impressive collection of poetry in her honor. Although the design was not entirely Bodoni's, he executed it magnificently, with the printing reflecting his usual standard of elegance and refinement — leading Brooks to describe this as "fra è piu bei dei libri stampati da Bodoni."
        The volume is => illustrated with 24 engraved plates including the frontispiece, as well as numerous head- and tailpieces; the frontispiece and two other plates (one of which incorporates Perger's medal design) were engraved by Raphael Morghen after designs by Fidelis Fischietti, while the smaller vignettes and the series of tombstone reproductions were done by Secondo Bianchi (many after Antonio Magri).

Brooks 250; Brunet, IV, 909; Giani 25 (p. 90); Updike, Printing Types, II, p. 171. Recent quarter cream cloth and marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper title and date labels. All edges stained red. Front free endpaper with recent pencilled reference annotations. Foxing, generally light, and other scattered spots including a bit of ink spatter to blank verso of one preliminary leaf; pages otherwise clean and crisp. => A handsome copy.  (40127)   Please RESHELVE This.


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