Ob minorem, fortissimamque Balearium a Gallis expugnatam Musarum epinicia. Accesserunt arcis Philippeae generalis oppugnatio, ejusque dedendae pacta italico, atque Latino idiomatae exarata: corollarium ad bina L. Licinii Glauci, utriusque insulae prolegati, et seviri equitum Romanorum elogia illustranda: Parerga quibus carminum, notarum, et argumentorum rationes firmantur auctore Antonio Joseph comite a Turre Rezzonici

Autore: DELLA TORRE DI REZZONICO, Antonio Giuseppe (1709-1785)

Tipografo: Francesco Borsi

Dati tipografici: Parma, 1757

Formato: in folio

Large folio (386x277 mm). [14, including the engraved frontispiece], I-IV, [2], V-XII, 96, [8] pp. Collation: [π]6 a-b4 A-N4. In front of the beautiful frontispiece, engraved by Giuseppe Patrino after Ennemond Petitot and depicting victorious French galleons in the harbor of Port Mahon, there is the dedication to the King of France (“Ludovico Adamato Galliarum et Navarrae regi christiano augusto piae felici victori ob minorem fortissimanque balearium expugnatam musarum epicinia”) bearing his engraved coat of arms in the center. The illustrations also include a vignette on title page, a full-page plan of Mahon's fortress (l. a4v), 4 head-pieces, 4 tail-pieces, and 6 initials: all engraved by Giuseppe Patrino and P.M. after Giuseppe Contenti. Contemporary stiff vellum, lettering piece on spice (slightly stained). Marginal staining to gathering B and C, wormhole to the lower margin of about the last thirty leaves not affecting the text. A very nice copy printed on thick paper.

ORIGINAL EDITION of this sumptuous publication celebrating the taking of Port Mahon in Menorca by the French. The volume includes: the Relazione della resa del Forte S. Filippo, a report on the surrender of Fort St. Philip printed in two columns in Italian and Latin; the Latin poem composed by the author for the occasion in imitation of Vergil's Aeneid and accompanied by historical notes in Italian on the island of Menorca; the Corollarium to the poem and the Parerga accompanied by notes in Latin.

On the author, born into a noble family from Como, see G. Fagioli Vercellone, Della Torre di Rezzonico, Antonio Giuseppe, in: “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani”, XXXVII, 1989, s.v.

Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\LO1E\014901.


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