DRAMATISING GREEK POLITICS

Πονηµατα δραµατικα. [Ponemata dramatika.]

Trieste, Austrian Lloyd, 1849.

8vo, pp. [ii], 159, [1 (blank)]; some light spotting, but a very good copy in early twentieth-century blue cloth; spine lightly sunned and somewhat rubbed at foot, some wear to lower corners, one or two small stains to sides.

£750

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US $968€889

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Very rare first edition of Avgerinos’ dramas of Greek Romanticism, three pieces uniting sentiments of nationalism, liberty, and philhellenism with aesthetic and literary reflections on the style and scope of dramatic poetry.

The work includes three dramatic works, the second of which is preceded by a theoretical introduction to dramatic poetry. The last piece, composed in 1832, is set in Nauplio at the Government palace. It is preceded by a long introduction featuring in particular a long letter by Swiss banker, friend of Count Ioannis Kapodistrias, and proponent of Greek independence Jean-Gabriel Eynard (1775–1863). Written in French, it is addressed to the Moniteur on 26 October 1831 and begins ‘The Count of Capo d’Istria has just been assassinated’ (trans.). Eynard had first become acquainted with Kapodistrias c. 1814 and would provide substantial funds to the newly formed Greek state.

Österreichischer Lloyd was the largest Austro-Hungarian shipping company, based at Trieste (then under Austrian rule) and providing cargo and passenger services from Trieste and Venice to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; curiously, the organisation established an Art and Literature Section, with its own printing house, in 1849.

We find a single copy in Italy, in Trieste, and a further four copies worldwide (BL, Cincinnati, Harvard, and the Sorbonne).

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