I Promessi Sposi. Del Sig.r D. Alessandro Manzoni.Disegni del Sig.r Roberto Focosi.
Book of 18 lithographic prints; the first 12 are illustrations to Alessandro Manzoni's 'I Promessi Sposi' by Roberto Focosi. The following six are Italian scenes by Wilhelm Gail. Oblong, marbled boards with title. Scarce. Foxing to some plates. Sight damage to bottom of spine.
The first set of prints in this book are the first twelve scenes (of thirteen) from 'I Promessi Sposi', a novel the Italians regard as a masterpiece of world literature, and the basis for the modern Italian language. It is the most widely read work in the Italian language. Set in 1628, in northern Italy, then under the harsh rule of the Austrians, it tells of how the local baron, Don Rodrigo, attempts to abduct Lucia from her betrothed, Renzo. The pair flee, get separated and endure tribulations of war, famine and plague in Milan before being reunited. When the novel was first published in 1828 the Austrians were still in control, but the independence movement had moved so far forward that there was heated debate on which Italian dialect was going to be the 'official' version. Manzoni prefered the Florentine dialect and he revised the text of the novel for republication in 1842. At the back are the following set of prints of six Italian scenes by German painter of architecture, Wilhelm Gail (1804-1890).
See Ref: 32150 for complete set of 30 views of Italian cities including Florence, Rome & Naples.
[Ref: 32003] £2,500.00