Paris;: Che Lottin...Chex Moutard... 1778. First edition in French of Aurelio Bertola De’ Giorgi’s (1753-98) poem on the death of Pope Clement XIV, followed by the Italian original. The translator is Louis-Antoine Caraccioli (1723-1803), best known for his Livre à la Mode and Livre de Quatre Couleurs, and his educational works, who also produced a life of Pope Clement and a compilation of his letters. Corners lightly worn, some wear to front board near foot of spine. Overall a very good copy. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spine with brown morocco label, marbled endpapers and edges. Two volumes in one, twelvemo. , xxi, , 420, 155, [1, ads] pp. Item #14660
Bertola De’ Giorgi, an Italian author and monk, was born at Rimini. He lectured in history at Naples (the home town of the French-born Caraccioli’s ancestors) and later became professor of belles-lettres at Pavia. He translated Horace’s works and Gesner’s Idylls into Italian. He travelled extensively in Germany and Switzerland and became a key figure in cultural relationships between the German-speaking countries and Italy. Several German editions of Caraccioli’s translation were published.