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Italian Imprints

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Described on this page are copies of miniature books in the Smith Collection published by a press in a country other than the United States.

Italian Imprints

Box shaped like a book, covered with original manuscript fragments. Firenze: Giulio Giannini e Figlio, n.d.

Galileo. A Madama Cristina De Lorena. Brothers Salmin, Padua, 1896.

Metastassio, Pietro Antonio Domenico Buonaventura, 1698-1782. Opera scelte, publicate de A. Buttura. Parigi, Presso Aime-Andre, 1830. 3 v. (Bibl. poetica italica) 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ binding. Half leather binding with marbled covers. Embossing on covers. Gold title on spine. Not listed in Welch, but the same title published by Parigi, Presso Lefevre, 1823 is Welch 4931.

Almanacco per l’Anno 1896. Italy, [1895]. 25pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Vellum wrapper, with gold fleur de lys and other decoration on front cover. Gilded edges. Gold-colored endpapers with burgundy-colored fleur de lys pattern. Gift of Carol Kapell in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Manzoni, Alessandro. I Promessi Sposi. Padova, Brothers Salmin, 1902. 1097 pp., 2 9/16″ x 1 3/4″. Dedicated to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Printed in 4 1/2 point type XV. Includes portrait. One of the most important works ever produced in miniature book form; of conspicuous scarcity. Beautifully bound in gilt-stamped calf with finely decorated sides and spine, red edges.

The Pocket Professor: 2000 Chemistry Terms and Concepts. Padua, Italy, Manobook, 1984. 347pp. 2 3/16″ x 2 3/8″. Includes the following concepts: General, organic, analytics, spectroscopy, chromatology, electrochemistry.

The Pocket Professor:: 2500 Math Formulae. Padua, College Lane Publishers, 1984. 353pp. 2 3/8″ x 2 ¼”. Colophon: none Advisor for the book was Alex Biddle. Blue paper back

Manabile di Informatica. Padua, 1984.

Itinerari Romani.. Rome, Italy: 1967. 1 11/16″ x 1 3/8″. Two leather-covered slipcases (each mounted on a slightly larger base) are stamped in gold on both sides of the slipcase in the same way: ” Itinerari / Romani / i [or II] / [device] / Editalia“, surrounded by lines on all four sides. The two slipcases contain ten leather bound, illustrated volumes. Slipcase I:  Sisto V; Belli; Borromini; Stendhal; Michelangelo; slipcase II: D’Annunzio; Raffaello; Goethe; Bernini; Trilussa.

Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Italy: 1980.

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese. Venice: S. Rosen, 1906. 104pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″. Illus. Vellum covers with calligraphy on spine and cover. White leather tie closure. Welsh 1481. Spielmann no. 66A; Bondy Cat. 47 (Nov 1957) no. 395; Bondy Cat. 53 (June 1960) no. 224; Levinson, Harry, List. (Aug. 1957); Bondy Cat. 65 (Nov. 1964) no. 289.

Alighieri, Dante. Il Convivio. Firenze: G. Barbara, editore, 1928. 380pp, plus Index. 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″. Ivory cloth with gold stamp on cover and title on spine. Red-colored edges. Gift of Carol Kapell in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Alighieri, Dante. La Divina Comedia di Dante. Firenze: G. Barbara, 1900. 455pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Alighieri, Dante. La Divina Comedia di Dante, con gli argomenti & allegorie per ogni canto. E due indici, vno di tutti i voaaboli piu importanti vesti del poeta, con la esposition loro, e l’altro dello cose piu notabili. Venice: Nicolo Misserini, 1629. 510, [24] pp. 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Italic type. Black leather with gold decoration on spine and cover. Red leather title label on spine. Beautiful marbled endpapers in blue, orange, pink, and green. Welsh 2159. LC 1-13675; Microbiblion no. 74; Olschki Cat. 133 (April 1957) no 196.

Alighieri, Dante. La Vita Nuova (The New Life). Venice: S. Rosen, 1905. 272 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2″. Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Frontispiece of Beatrice plus illustration of the Salvation of Beatrice in Eden. Tan boards printed in red and black. Front cover and spine worn, otherwise tight copy.

Tasso, Torquato. Gerusalemme Liberata. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1904. 498 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Tasso, Di Torquato. La Gerusalemme Liberata. Parigi, Presso Lefevre, Librajo, and Strada de L’Eperon. A. Buttura, 1822. 4″ x 2 3/4″. Four Volumes. Marbled covers and leather spines. Titles and devise on spines.

Carducci, Giosue. Poesie. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1919. 379 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Fogazzaro, Antonio. Miranda. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1921. 190 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Giusti, Giuseppe. Le Poesie. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1902. 414 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Il Tesoretto della Poesia Italiana. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1919. 422 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Leopardi, Giacoma. Poesie. Firenze: G. Barbera, 1919. 354 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Autori, Vari. Novelle Poetiche. Firenze: G. Barbara, 1906. 372 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Le Rime di Francesco Petrarca. Firenze: G. Barbara, 1900. 379pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 7/8″.

Buonarroti, Michelangiolo. La Sculptura. Le Giade, A Cura Di Alesandro Parronchi. 3rd ed. Firenzi, Quest Opera Ideata e Reallizzata da Bruno Press Grafichi Linopress, Ltd., 1976. 151 pp. 4 1/2″ x 2 11/16″. Bound in red leather with gilt title and fillets on cover and spine. Top edge gilded.

La Via del Paradiso. Grandi e Tenconi, Milan, 1898. 192 pp. 3 ¼” x 2 1/8″. A prayer book. Velvet spine and metal clasp. Text is in Italian. Paper has gilded edges.

Not found as of November 7, 2006:

Leonardo. Le Macchine; Le Giade. Firenze, 1977.

Lorenzo de Medici, “Il Magnifico”. Florence, Italy, Palazzo Vecchio, n.d.

The Pocket Professor:: Over 1000 Physics Formulae. New York, College Lane Publishers, n.d.