Paralipomeni della Batracomiomachia.

Paris, Libreria Europea di Baudry, 1842.

8vo, pp. 137 (including advertisement leaf at end); some light spotting here and there; 19th century quarter morocco, marbled paper boards, top of spine darkened (?from heat), hinges split but holding.

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First edition, published posthumously in Paris, of Leopardi’s comic-heroic satire in ottava rima on contemporary Italian politics. Leopardi first translated the Batracomiomachia in 1815, when he published it together which his ‘Discorso sopra la Batracomiomachia’, in which he argues against the attribution to Homer on linguistic and philological grounds. His translation was published again in 1822 and in 1826, during the years in which he composed the Operette morali. He started work on the present ‘Additions to the battle of the mice and the crabs’, in 1831, and continued working on it until his death in 1837.

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