Critica… del Nobile Signor GiovanniAntonio Brocchi Trevigiano Fatta all’Opuscolo intitolato: Il Terremoto di Messina. Con la risposta di Giuseppe Urbano Pagani Cesa Autor dell’Opuscolo. Premessovi questo, a soddisfazione di chi vorrà farsi giudice...

Venezia, Pietro Valvasense, 1783 8° (177x116 mm). lxxix, [1] pp. Woodcut decorative initials, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary wrappers, a few small stains and waterstains. Minor loss to the upper blank margin of ll. B1-B2, and to the lower right corner of l. C1. A few spotting to the gutter of ll. E3-E7. Otherwise, a very good, wide-margined copy. Like the Great Lisbon Earthquake, the seismic event of 1783 also provoked the production of poems and novels evoking the disaster. Giuseppe Urbano Pagani Cesa (1757-1835) composed the poem Il Terremoto di Messina. Pensieri di un Amico dell’Umanità. The text is printed in opening of this polemical work by Brocchi, who accused him to having plagiarized the great poets Young, Voltaire and Grey. In appendix is printed a reply by Pagani Cesa. A. Placanica, Il filosofo e la catastrofe. Un terremoto del Settecento, Torino 1985; M.R. Pellizzari, Enlightenment Intellectuals and Popular Mentality after the 1783 Calabrian Earthquake, “Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century”, 303, 1991, pp. 523-527; M. Pinault-Sørensen, Images du désastre de Messine, 1783 in A. M. Mercier Faivre-C. Thomas (eds.), L’invention de la catastrophe au xviiie siècle. Du chatîment divin au désastre natural, Genève 2008, p. 360-366.
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