Fables for a wedding

Gozzi, Gasparo (1713-1786). .

Favole esopiane di Gasparo Gozzi pubblicate nelle nozze Da Mula – Lavagnoli. . Venice, Stamperia Pinelli, 1809.

Gozzi, Gasparo (1713-1786). Favole esopiane di Gasparo Gozzi pubblicate nelle nozze Da Mula – Lavagnoli. . Stamperia Pinelli, 1809.

4° (222x157 mm). Printed on blue paper. [16], 43, [1] pages. Woodcut ornament on the title-page. Contemporary marbled boards. A very good copy. Title-page slightly foxed and dusted. Spot to upper margin of last leaf. 'Gozzi Gaspare' written in blue ink on the front cover.

Originating from the marriage between the Venetian Antonio Da Mula and Elena Lavagnoli, and therefore belonging to the genre of 'occasional publications', this edition issued from the Pinelli press is doubtless of great import, offering the first edition of the Favole esopiane, composed in verse by the leading Venetian writer, journalist, and translator Gasparo Gozzi on the model of Aesop's Fables.

The text was edited by Jacopo Morelli (1745-1819), then librarian at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, and author of the Dissertazione storica della pubblica libreria di san Marco a Venezia, published in 1774. The publishing initiative was widely appreciated, and the Favole esopiche were reviewed on the pages of the Giornale della italiana letteratura (Padua 1810).

C. Filosa, La favola esopica e la letteratura esopiana in Italia dal medioevo ai nostri giorni, Milano 1952.

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