LIBERTY – WHAT LIBERTY?

Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema di liberta’ proclamato dai Francesi.

Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia] di Strada Nuova, [1799].

8vo, pp. 16; a very good, clean copy recently wrapped using early nineteenth-century patterned paper.

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An impassioned tract attacking the claims of a new life of liberty promoted in Europe after the French Revolution, very rarely to be found in any of the three editions published in the same year.

The Quadro first appeared in Brescia published by Bendiscioli, father of the author, in 1799 (Peroni, Biblioteca Bresciana I, p. 120). The French Revolutionary enthusiasm promoted in Northern Italy had given rise to short lived versions of the Cisalpine Republic. The author takes issue with the violence, pretence of freedom and, ultimately, oppression that marked the experiment, revealing Northern Italy as little more than a playing card in the hands of the interest of Austria-Russia and France.

IT\ICCU\MILE\050152 (two copies in Italy, none elsewhere).

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