Bianka Capello von A.G. Meissner.
Engraved titlepage, frontispiece, and 12 engravings, bound with single stitch, largest 115 x 85mm, most c.94 x 70mm.
A set of illustrations from an early Vienna edition of August Gottlieb Meissner's 'Bianka Capello'. It is a tragedy inspired by the life of Bianca Cappello (1548 – 1587), an Italian noblewoman who was first the lover and then the wife of Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Meissner (1753 - 1807) was an author and poet who became a professor in Prague in 1785, and in 1805 director of the Lyceum at Fulda. He wrote plays and stories and was active as a translator. His work has a pronounced moralizing trend. Alfred von Meißner was his grandson. All engravings by Mark after Sambach, and inscribed with plate and page numbers from the volume they have been disbound from.
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
[Ref: 7849] £280.00