Il Caffè ossia brevi e varii discorsi già distribuiti in fogli periodici.

Brescia, Giammaria Rizzardi, 1765-1766.

Two parts in one volume, 4to, pp. vii, [1, blank], 288; viii, 302, [2, publisher’s ads]; some light browning, the odd spot, a few contemporary ink annotations, restoration to short tear on pp. 288-289, printing flaw to pp. 59 affecting a few letters, sense recoverable; bound in contemporary vellum boards, border stamped in blind, spine with a gilt morocco lettering-piece; lightly soiled, extremities a little worn, upper joint starting; a very good copy with contemporary ink ownership inscriptions to the front free-end paper, a small book-plate to the lower margin of the title-page, and a discrete booksellers’ label to the front pastedown.

£8500

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First edition of this important Italian periodical. ‘Questo interessantissimo giornale letterario publicato sul modello dello Spettatore Inglese è compreso in quattro semestri, ed incominciossi a stampare nel maggio del 1764’ (Melzi). The society was founded by Pietro Verri to stimulate and encourage literature, the arts and science. Among the contributors were Alessandro Verri (Sul Commercio della Nobiltà etc.), Pietro Secchi (Danno che recano all’industria nazionale alune caritatevoli instituzioni: Aneddoto Chinese etc.) and Cesare Beccaria (Rsiposta alla Rinunzia etc.).

The periodical also contains an interesting contribution to early mathematical economics by Beccaria, which deals with a specific problem of the connection between tariffs and smuggling. This article is published on pp. 122–23 of the first part and is described at length in Theocharis, Early developments in mathematical economics, 2nd edition, p. 21. ‘[Beccaria’s] attempt is simply intended to give “a slight idea about how economic science can be analytically considered”’ (ibid.).

Einaudi 6161; Mattioli 507; not in Goldsmiths’ or Kress.

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