A BLASPHEMOUS BACCHANAL

La Svinatura di Barbigi Mezzabarba (Paol Francesco Carli da Montecarlo) resa a miglior lezione e corredata di note da Rocco Escalona Professore in Lettere e Filosofia.

Campobasso, Stab. Tip. Del Progresso, 1878.

8vo, pp. 54 [2, errata]; title in Tuscan letter, top edge uncut; lightly foxed throughout; printed yellow wrappers; some dampstaining to front cover, light creasing and staining, small tears to back cover not affecting text.

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Rare edition of a satire by poet and abbot Paolo Francesco Carli (1652–1725) ridiculing the work of his nemesis, the Tuscan priest and schoolmaster Giovan Paolo Lucardesi, who made a tremendous theological blunder in a sonnet in which he describes Christ as ‘crucified and triune’, thus undermining the sanctity of the Trinity.

‘No unfortunate writer has ever been so severely punished for such a presumption’ as the bumbling Lucardesi (Rime burlesche di eccelenti autori raccolte (1856), p. 394, trans.). Here, he appears under the rather transparent pseudonym Bietolone da Lucardo and is described as falling off a donkey, completely inebriated, and cursing the heavens and the local peasants around him. His blasphemous outburst makes innumerable references to Lucardesi’s own act of poetic heresy: ‘Christ is nothing to me, though out of one I had made three’ (p. 13, trans.). A single line from Lucardesi’s sonnet forms the basis of an entire tirade against the poet, who drunkenly accuses his host of only believing in one Christ when he could have three (p. 38).

First published posthumously as La svinatura in Valdinievole in 1760, Carli’s satirical ode was frequently reprinted, often alongside Francesco Redi’s renowned thousand-line dithyramb Bacco in Toscana.

OCLC finds one copy only, at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. See Procacci, Niccolò Forteguerri e la satira Toscana dei suoi tempi (1877), pp. 46–52.

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