Item #17581 Del gusto presente in letteratura italiana. E accompagnata da copiose osservazioni relative al medisimo argomento da Stefano Arteaga. Matteo Borsa.
Del gusto presente in letteratura italiana. E accompagnata da copiose osservazioni relative al medisimo argomento da Stefano Arteaga.
Del gusto presente in letteratura italiana. E accompagnata da copiose osservazioni relative al medisimo argomento da Stefano Arteaga.

Del gusto presente in letteratura italiana. E accompagnata da copiose osservazioni relative al medisimo argomento da Stefano Arteaga.

[ Venice: Zatta & Figli], 1784 ]. First edition of this essay written in response to a prize question at the Academy of Mantua on the topic of current taste in Italian literature. A little light dampstaining to the last few pages near the upper margin, else a fine copy. Contemporary marbled calf, gilt spine with burgundy morocco label, edges stained red. Octavo. xii, 150, [2, privilege and errata] pp. Item #17581

Borsa (1751-1798) was a nephew and student of the great Italian literary theorist Saverio Bettinelli (1718-1808). In this essay he discusses the influences on Italian literature of French writing and Enlightenment philosophy. In a separate chapter he discusses the influence of English literature and philosophy, mentioning Hume, Shaftesbury, Pope, Butler and Swift. Borsa is concerned that Italian authors are blindly imitating the English rather than coming up with original ideas. In the second part, Arteaga (1747-1799) gives a close analysis of Borsa’s works, and adds his own commentary on the Italian taste, speaking about classical models as well as recent French influences, including Montesquieu, Rousseau, Corneille and Riccoboni. Borsa went on to write a play, Agamennone e Clitnnestra (1786). Arteaga was the author of Le Rivoluzioni del Teatro Musicale Italiano, the first critical history of opera (1783).

OCLC lists only the Newberry Library in North America for this edition; a few other American libraries have the 1785 edition.

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