Venezia: Presso Carlo Palese, 1781. Item #486
8vo. 200 x 130 mm., [7 ¾ x 5 inches]. , , 266 pp. Title-page woodcut vignette. Contemporary marbled boards with old paper spine repair; edges of binding rubbed and a bit worn; sound copy.
First edition. Includes a fourteen stanza poem entitled “Lettera di Madamigella Sibbon al General Washington suo Amante”, which sings the praise of the General and his leadership in America’s battle for liberty.
Zacchiroli was a poet, playwright, and patriot, who was for a time a member of the Secretariat General of the Cisalpine Republic established in Northern Italy by the French in 1797. He was intimate friends with many of the enlightenment thinkers and politicians of the day, including the Francesco Algarotti and Vicenzo Monti, who represent the transition from the Enlightenment to Jacobism of the last decade of the century. He was unhappy with some of Alfieri’s plays and was involved in a critical exchange with him.
Laterza IV, 503. Four copies cited in OCLC at Yale, Brown, Mt. Vernon, and National Library of Medicine. Oddly, not found in ICCU.