Insegnamenti del vivere del conte Alberto Caprara a Massimo suo nipote

Autore CAPRARA, Alberto (1627-1691).
Tipografo heir of Domenico Barbieri for Giovanni Francesco Davico called Turrino
Dati tipografici Bologna, 
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Insegnamenti del vivere del conte Alberto Caprara a Massimo suo nipote

ILLUSTRATED WITH A FRONTISPIECE AND 30 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVINGS

4to (203x144 mm). [16], 208 pp., including an engraved frontispiece and 30 full-page engraved illustrations at the beginning of each tale. Contemporary vellum over boards, lettering piece on spine (spine covered with later paper, panels soiled, small portion of the front panel restored). Frontispiece and title page slightly soiled, one gathering browned, some marginal stains, small hole at pp. 27/28 affecting a few letters, but a very good, genuine copy.

VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of this pedagogical work, which was reprinted in smaller format in Venice in 1688. It is a collection of 30 tales inspired by Aesop and addressed to the author's nephew Massimo. The text was revised and corrected by Mario Mariani, professor at the Studio Bolognese. The moral teaching of each tale is written in verses on the verso of the plates, which have been attributed to Agostino Mitelli.

Alberto Caprara, born into a noble Bolognese family, received his master degree in utroque iure in 1647. After journeying throughout Italy, he returned to his hometown and dedicated himself to his literary studies. In 1654 he was elected “prince” of the Accademia dei Gelati. Between 1654 and 1660 he stayed in Rome, where he became a member of the Accademia degli Umoristi. Later, in 1694, he was also invited to attend the academy meetings that Queen Christina of Sweden hosted in her home. For many years Caprara was at the service of Cardinal Rinaldo d'Este. In 1660 he undertook a journey throughout Europe as the personal agent of Rinaldo, on whose account he made several visits to Germany, France, and Spain. In 1672, after the death of his patron, he entered the service of Elector Palatine of the Rhine, who sent him on a number of diplomatic missions.

In 1675 Caprara was appointed as imperial ambassador in Brussels. In 1677 Leopold I charged him with the task of taking part in the negotiations that ended with the peace agreement signed in Nijmegen in 1678. In 1682 he was sent by the emperor to Constantinople in order to avoid the danger of an alliance between the Turks and the Hungarian rebels led by Inire Thököly. After a mission to the pope in 1684, Caprara settled in Bologna, where his reputation earned him prestigious posts in the political life of the town. Additionally, Caprara was appointed to the chair of moral philosophy, ‘Lectura moralium italico idiomate', to be held in Italian at the local university. Called again to Vienna by Leopold I in 1688, he was struck with paralyses in Innsbruck and obliged to return to Bologna, where he died 3 years later, in 1691 (cf. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, XIX, 1976, G.P. Brizzi).

Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\TO0E\003496; S.P. Michel, Répertoire des ouvrages imprimés en langue italienne au XVIIe siècle conservés dans les bibliothèques de France, Paris, 1968, II, p. 38; Libreria Vinciana, no. 29; M. Praz, Studies in 17th Century Imagery, Rome, 1975, p. 297.

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  • Insegnamenti del vivere del conte Alberto Caprara a Massimo suo nipote
  • Insegnamenti del vivere del conte Alberto Caprara a Massimo suo nipote
  • Insegnamenti del vivere del conte Alberto Caprara a Massimo suo nipote