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GOLDONI, Carlo (1707--1793)
[Plays. Selections. 1751]
Le commedie del dottore Carlo Goldoni avvocato veneto fra gli Arcadi Polisseno Fegejo tomo secondo.
Venezia per Giuseppe Bettinelli, 1751.
XII, 62; [2], VIII, 65--160; VIII, 161--256; VIII, 257--372 p. ; 17.2 cm. (8º)

Volume II only from an edition in 9 volumes first published Venice, 1750--1757. See A. Scannapieco, 'Bettinelli editore di Goldoni' in G. Padoan (ed.), Problemi di critica goldoniana, vol. 1 (Ravenna 1994), pp. 153-188. The present volume contains four plays, each with divisonal half-title and dedication: 'Il Teatro Comico Commedia V.'; 'La Putta Onorata Commedia VI. Veneziana'; 'La Buona Moglie Commedia VII. Veneziana in seguito dell'altra intitolata La Putta Onorata'; 'Il Padre Di Famiglia Commedia VIII.'. Error in running title 'Atot' for 'Atto' on p. 126. Publisher's list at end of 'Libri stampati da Giuseppe Bettinelli de' quali si trova averne fino al presente anno 1751.' (pp. 365--371). Soane may have acquired and used this volume while in Italy to practise his Italian, transcribing and translating passages of plays in this volume at the back of a vellum-bound notebook of notes on the Italian language (Soane Case 136).

Copy Notes Title-page inscribed in grey ink il Teatro; the titles of the other three plays in the volume are listed on the divisional half-title to the first play in the same hand. Bottom of title-page is torn with slight loss of wording of the 'Licenza', possibly to remove an ownership inscription.

Binding C18th vellum, previous gilt-tooled spine-title in stained compartment over-written with MS. lettering in ink, red and blue mottled edges.

Reference Number 1246


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