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If each country could find a Catteau as its historian…

Catteau-Calleville, Jean Pierre Guillaume (1759-1819)..

Prospetto generale della Svezia del signor Catteau. Tradotto dall'Originale Francese. Tomo primo [-Tomo secondo].

Catteau-Calleville, Jean Pierre Guillaume (1759-1819).. Prospetto generale della Svezia del signor Catteau. Tradotto dall'Originale Francese. Tomo primo [-Tomo secondo]. Bologna, Giovanni Battista Sassi, 1810.

Two tomes in one volume, 8°. (173x108 mm). Printed on blue paper. Each Tome with separate title-page. I. 203, [1] pages. Title-page with woodcut vignette. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. II. 213, [1], 24, [2] pages.Woodcut vignette on the title-page, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary half-leather, marbled covers. Smooth spine, compartments underlined with small frieze and decorated with fleur-de-lis tools, all in gilt. Title ingilt on azure morocco lettering-piece (with losses), volume numbering in gilt. Marbled pastedown, pale blue silk bookmark. A good copy, someleaves in Tome I discoloured. Tome I slightly waterstained to the uppermargin, trace of old repair on fol. A7. Large spot to the title-page of Tome II; a few paper flaws, and short tear to the lower margin of fol. k5, in both cases not affecting text. The date ‘1801: Roma' with the price notice ‘-:1':' inked by a contemporary hand on the recto of the front flyleaf.

First edition of the Italian translation of this work by the German-French historian Catteau-Calleville, which first appeared in Lausanne in 1789 under the title Tableau general de Suède.

The translation was performed by the Swedish Jesuit Lorenzo Ignazio Thjulien, who was well known for his writings against Enlightenment and the French Revolution. In his preliminary avvertimento, the Jesuit praises the pleasant style, clarity, brevity, and authority of Catteau-Calleville, hoping that each country could find a “Catteau as its historian”! The work was widely esteemed and positively reviewed in the learned Italian journals of the time.

Efemeridi letterarie di Roma, no. LII, 24 December 1791, pp. 410-414.