Amori. Giambattista Bodoni, printer, Ludovico Vittorio Savioli.


Crispoli [i.e., Parma"]: Co' tipi Bodoniani, 1802. A finely printed edition of the poetry of Savioli. Bodoni had first printed the Amori in 1795 in quarto and sixteenmo. All editions are quite scarce: OCLC lists six copies of the present edition in American libraries. First leaf a blank. With engraved medallion portrait of Savioli on the tiele-page. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. A very good, attractive copy. Half late nineteenth or early twentieth-century brown morocco over marbled boards. Gilt spine, decoratively tooled in compartments. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Large octavo. [10, 133, [3] pp. Item #16774

Ludovico Vittorio Savioli Fonantana (1729-1804) was a Bolognese aristocrat, and member of the Bologna Academy of Sciences. He is the "best known and most original erotic poet of his time." Amori, which was first published in 1758, was strongly influenced by Ovid, Catullus and Propertius. It "reinterpreted in a classicistic-Rococo vein that effectively combines the classical with a modern style and sensibility" (Oxford Companion to Italian Literature).

Brooks 866. (See also Brooks 597-8) for the 1795 edition.).

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