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RICCOBONI, Luigi (1676--1753)
Histoire du theatre italien depuis la decadence de la comedie latine; avec un catalogue des tragedies et comedies italiennes imprimées depuis l'an 1500, jusqu'à l'an 1660. Et une dissertation sur la tragédie moderne. Par Loüis Riccoboni.
A Paris de l'imprimerie de Pierre Delormel, 1728.
xvi, 319, [5] p., engr. t.-pl., [18] pl. (1 fold.) ; 21.0 cm. (8º)

Title from engraved title-plate, which is signed 'Micheux inv. Joullain Scul. L. Borde scrip'. Printer's imprint from foot of p. 319. With a dedication to 'Carolina Regina della Gran Brettagna ...' and a privilege leaf dated 24 February 1727. Of the plates, seventeen, numbered in MS., are of theatrical characters ('Habit d'Arlequin' etc), signed François 'Joullain sculp' [after Charles Antoine Coypel]; a further unnumbered, unsigned folding plate shows a 'Dessein fait al imitation du Theatre Olimpique de Palladio dans la ville de Vicenze'. Final page of privilege has catchword 'Histoire' obscured by pasted-on slip. A further volume containing summaries and "examens critiques" of five tragedies and five comedies and an "explication des figures" was published in 1731 as 'Tome II.' (q.v.).

Copy Notes With a copy of Riccoboni's Dell'arte rappresentativa, Londra, 1728 (q.v.) appended at the end of the text, preceding the privilege; this is printed on different paper and has a dedication to Lord Chesterfield dated 'Londra li 16. Marzo 1728'. Bought as a mixed set with a copy of 'Tome II' from Thomas Boone for 2s. 6d., 11 July 1806. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper in Boone's hand 2tom. avec figs. - s2:d6/.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine, brown morocco spine-label, marbled edges and endpapers.

Reference Number 416


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