Costumi della Corsica. Racconti tre. I banditi. I fratelli Spinone. La morte di Bartolo.

Bologna, Soc. Tip. Dei Compositori, 1873.

8vo, pp. [iv], 132; occasional light spotting, but a very good copy in the original publisher’s pink printed wrappers; extremities a little worn, some discoloration to spine and wrappers’ margins; author’s presentation inscription (to ‘E. Gamberini’) on the title.


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First edition, presentation copy. Three short novels exploring the life of Corsican bandits, a social profile which, too often simplistically demonised and persecuted by the powers who in turn ruled the island, the author seeks to restore to the dignity of history. Tommaseo in his Canti popolari corsi published in 1841 had offered a first stark portrait of the complexity of the ethos and the tragic nature of bandits’ life. The author presents this, in the same vein but in narrative prose rather than in verse, as a free rendition from the French, though we have been unable to trace any possible original version.

OCLC finds a sole copy in the US (Harvard), none in the UK. OCLC lists no publication which can be ascribed to Pedrelli or Coggia in the couple of decades leading up to 1873.

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