Un Souvenir de Solferino. Deuxième edition

Autore DUNANT, Jean Henry (1828-1910).
Tipografo Joel Cherbuliez, Librarire
Dati tipografici Genève, 
Prezzo € 900,00
Un Souvenir de Solferino. Deuxième edition

In 4to (mm. 278x177). Pp. [8], 115, [1 bianca] con un bifolio fuori testo recante la mappa della battaglia. Si tratta di una litografia disegnata da B. Müller su istruzione dell'autore ed incisa da Pilet & Cougnard a Ginevra. Legatura moderna in mezza pelle blu con punte, dorso con fregi e titolo in oro, brossure originali a stampa conservate. Lieve brunitura uniforme. Intonso.

SECONDA EDIZIONE, la prima messa in commercio dopo la prima edizione non venale stampata privatamente da Jules-Guillaume Fick sempre nel 1862. Il grande scalpore suscitato dall'opera indusse infatti il Dunant a stampare e mettere in commercio per un pubblico più vasto questa seconda edizione.

“Cet ouvrage n'ayant pas été d'abord destiné à la publicité, toute une première édition n'a pas été mise en vente. Mais l'auteur, pressé par des sollicitations, venues de différents côtés à la fois, a dû consentir à la réimpression de ce travail. Il espère d'ailleurs, en le livrant au public, n'atteindre que mieux le but qu'il s'est proposé, et en regard duquel il a accédé aux nombreuses demandes qui lui étaient adressées” (premessa della seconda edizione, p. [7]). La diffusione fu capillare, come testimonia il numero di librai, menzionati sul frontespizio, che parteciparono a questa edizione: Genève, Paris, Joel Cherbuliez; Turin, Bocca frères; St Pétersbourg, Jaques Isakoff; Leipsic, F.-A. Brockhaus.

“On 24 June 1859 the Battle of Solferino – one of the bloodiest of the nineteenth century – was fought between the Austrians and the French-Piedmontese alliance. Dunant, a Swiss philanthropist, witnessed the battle and its dreadful aftermath, in which the nearly 40,000 casualties were left to die with no medical treatment except what he and the local inhabitants could provide them. Upon returning to Geneva Dunant published Un souvenir de Solferino, an account of the horrors he had seen coupled with an appeal for ‘some international principle, with the sanction of an inviolable convention, which… might constitute a basis for the relief of the wounded in the various countries of Europe'. The wide interest generated by Dunant's book led in 1863 to the formation of a committee which later became the International Red Cross, and in 1864 to the establishment of the Geneva Convention. Dunant shared with Frédéric Passy the first Noble Peace Prize in 1901” (Norman, 670).

“The first edition of Un Souvenir de Solferino consisted of sixteen hundred copies printed in November 1862 for private distribution. Only four hundred of these were actually distributed; these copies, constituting the original issue, have a title page stating ‘Ne se vend pas' above the imprint. A month later, in December 1862, Dunant had another thousand copies bound with a title page indicating ‘deuxième édition'. The third edition, in which Dunant suggested the extension of Red Cross services to victims of natural disasters, appeared in 1863. An English translation was published by the American Red Cross in 1939” (Haskell-Norman, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, p. 269).

PMM, 350; Norman, 670; Garrison-Morton, 2166; Waller, 2639; Heirs of Hippocrates, 1945; En Français dans le Texte, 284.

  • Un Souvenir de Solferino. Deuxième edition
  • Un Souvenir de Solferino. Deuxième edition
  • Un Souvenir de Solferino. Deuxième edition