A TOAST TO LOVE AND LINEAGE

Per le Faustissime Nozze del Nobile Signor Bartolomeo Grillenzoni di Carpi colla Nobile Signora Contessa Luigia Giacobazzi di Modena.

Guastalla, ‘Nella Regio-Ducale Stamperia di Salvatore Costa e Comp.’, 1791.

4to, pp. [22], [2, blank]; each page within typographic woodcut border; occasional light finger-soiling but a well-preserved copy; edges stained red; disbound and sewn pamphlet-stitch.

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Seemingly unrecorded, provincially printed sonnets written to mark the marriage of Bartolomeo Grillenzoni and Luigia Gioacobazzi, dedicated to the father of the groom.

The Carpi-born poet Giovanni Fassi Vicini contributes one of the eight sonnets as well as a dedication to the father of the groom, Lodovico Grillenzoni. A pronounced emphasis on the couple’s noble lineage pervades the collection of sonnets as well as Fassi Vicini’s six-line poems, which ends in praise of the couple’s respective fathers, who are mentioned by name. Likewise, the preceding sonnet by Policromi Titanio (the pseudonym of Jesuit poet Valeriano Benincasa) details the historic feats of the noble families of Grillenzoni and Giacobazzi, accompanied by footnotes on notable members of both families. 

Fassi Vicini’s fixation with the patriotic and the paternal is perhaps an attempt to deviate from the flowery language typical of much eighteenth-century nuptial poetry. In his dedication he writes that such collections of poetry, which initially brought renown to poets and happy couples alike, had been reduced to ‘nauseating abuse’ (trans.) thanks to mediocre authors who hoped to gain immortality through their work.

Not recorded on OCLC, Library Hub, or OPAC SBN; not in Pinto, Nuptialia.

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