Bardotti, Raffaello (fl. 19th century). .
Per le faustissime Nozze delle LL. AA. e RR. Leopoldo II. Granduca di Toscana ec.ec. ec. e Donna Maria Antonia Principessa della due Sicilie.
Large 8° (233x153 mm). Printed on blue paper. 48 pages. Small woodcut vignette on the title-page. Contemporary honey calf, richly tooled in romantic style. Covers within gilt fillet and blind frieze; a large and elaborate blind floral plaque at the centre of both covers. Smoothspine, rebacked. Blue-paper pastedowns and flyleaves. Upper cover waterstained and somewhat soiled. Minor losses to edge boards and corners. A very good, uncut copy, printed on thick paper.
This collection of poems, edited by the historian and publisher Raffaello Bardotti, was issued on the occasion of the marriage of Leopoldo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany to Princess Maria Antonia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, which was magnificently celebrated in Naples on 7 June 1833.
A description, typewritten by an unidentified Spanish bookseller and tipped in on the front flyleaf, states that this very copy, so handsomely bound, was given as a gift to María Cristina de Bórbonand Parma, queen consort of Spain from 1829 to 1833 and regent of the Kingdom from 1833 to 1840, as attested by the related entry in a manuscript catalogue of her book collection.
P. Landi, Editori italiani dell'Ottocento, I, Milano 2004, p. 108.