Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll'appello de' medesimi gatti all'orso divisa in due parti componimenti di diversi pastori d'Arcadia

Autore: LELLI, Francesco (fl. 1a metà XVIII sec.)-BUTTARI, Filippo (fl. 1a metà XVIII sec.) et al.

Tipografo: Bernardo Paperini

Dati tipografici: Firenze, 1730


4to (217x154 mm). 27, [1 blank] pp. Collation: A8 B6. With copper-engraved title vignette, woodcut ornaments throughout. Contemporary colored wrappers, red edges. Light marginal dampstain, some foxing, but a good copy.

Rare first complete edition of this fairytale in parallel Latin and Italian verse by members of the Accademia dell'Arcadia, comprising Due gatti ed una scimia (first published in 1728) and the first appearance of the second part, Appello de' due gatti all'orso (p. 17). Both are published under the pastoral pseudonyms usually assumed by Arcadians, the first part being authored by ‘Nadisto' (Francesco Lelli) and ‘Ergisto Balirio' (Francesco Buttari), the second by ‘Telindo' and ‘Nicotele'. The fable in traditional metrical forms, attributed to the fabulist Francesco Lelli, is an example of the Arcadia's ideals for the promotion of pastoral poetry, so popular in Italy at the time.

Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\RMSE\103740.