Delle memorie istoriche dell'antica città di Gela nella Sicilia libri IV. Opera postuma del P.M. Carlo Filiberto Pizolanti Carmelitano Licatese: dedicata Al Merito singolare delli Nobilissimi Signori Giurati della direttissima, e fedelissima Città di Licata.
|Autore||PIZOLANTI, Carlo Filiberto (fl. 1st half of the 18th cent.).|
|Dati tipografici||Palermo, 1753|
WITH A LARGE VIEW OF THE TOWN AND HARBOUR OF LICATA ENGRAVED BY ARNOLD VAN WESTERHOUT
Folio; contemporary vellum over boards, label with gilt title on spine (large stain on the upper part of the front panel); XV, (1 blank), 248 pp. With 5 folding engraved plates depicting the portrait of the author (Bernardino Bongiovanni inc.), a large view of the town and harbour of Licata (mm. 437x487, Sebastiano Conca dis. - Arnold van Westerhout inc.), an ancient stone tablet in Greek, the Gelone's family tree, and the plan of the ancient Gela (mm. 420x 480). Some light foxing on the margin of a few leaves, small burn hole on pp. 221-224 not affecting the text, otherwise a very clean and wide-margined copy.
FIRST EDITION. The work was published after the author's death by father Angelo Formica, who signes the dedication to the Giurati of the town of Licata (from the Convento del Carmine della Licata, May 4, 1753). In the book Pizolanti identifies the ancient Gela with the modern Licata, while others, like Cluverius and Aprile, believed that it was located in Terranova or in Caltagirone.
Lozzi, 2086; Cicognara, 2702 ; Mira, II, pp. 229-230; Catalogo unico, ITICCULIAE03573.