Sferza poetica contro i costumi d’oggidi. Del D.A.V. mantovano frà gli Arcadi di Roma Oribaste Didimense. Opera dedicata alla verità.

[Colophon]: Si vende in Fierra di Venezia da Domenico Pompeati, 1777.

8vo, pp. 76; A1 blank (matching Chicago copy); foxing throughout, generally light; in later plain wrappers.

£350

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Uncommon collection of sonnets musing on contemporary vices, seemingly the only published work by the Mantua poet, and member of the Roman Arcadi, Antonio Vettori. Divided into two parts, the collection contains 28 sonnets, each with accompanying notes, on subjects including the theatre, games, women, friendship, carriages, satire, coffee, marriage, balls, French taste, titles, and youth, with three additional sonnets at the end, two drawing on Aesop’s fable of the frog and the ox, and one on fashion.

Vettori, in his preface, complains that ‘idleness, luxury, incompetence, frivolity, cicisbeismo, and biting satire are the idols of the current age. How many times have I preferred thinking and solitude to corrupt society?’.

Melzi I, 284; OCLC records three copies, at Chicago, Toronto, and Rovereto, with SBN adding the Episcopal Seminary at Padua and the Turin Academy of Sciences.

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