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SIEBENKEES, Johann Philipp (1759--1796)
[Lebensbeschreibung der Bianca Capello de' Medici. English]
The life of Bianca Capello, wife of Francesco de' Medici, Grand-Duke of Tuscany. Translated from the German original of J.P. Siebenkees. By C. Ludger.


Liverpool printed by J. M'Creery, sold by W. Jones, Liverpool; Vernor and Hood; and Lee and Hurst, London,

1797.
[4], xvii, [1], xxx, 171, [1], 10 p. ; 17.5 cm. (12º)

Translation from the German original, Lebensbeschreibung der Bianca Capello de' Medici, 1789. The life of Bianca Capello was a topical literary subject of the period and several histories and plays about her tragedy were published in London at the time (evoking in part for an English readership the character of Desdemona). Rather earlier, Horace Walpole explained his coining of the term "serendipity" in a letter to Sir Horace Mann on 28 January 1754. Mann had managed to procure for Walpole Vasari's portrait of Bianca and he explained that studying a book of Venetian heraldry he had come across the Capello coat of arms just at the point he was arranging for the framing of the picture with suitable emblems. As well as this portrait Walpole also had a miniature of her at Strawberry Hill and these likenesses are referred to in the final end-note to p. 171. ESTC n25963.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title.

Binding C18th half calf, printer's waste marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label. Edward Lawrence was paid 1s. 3d. for half-binding in 1802. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 4619


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