Descrizione del terribile Terremoto De’ 5 Febraro 1783 Che afflisse la Sicilia, distrusse Messina, e gran parte della Calabria Diretta alla Reale Accademia di Bordeaux Poesia del Pensante Peloritano.

Naples, Vincenzo Mazzola-Vocola, 1784 8° (208x141 mm). xi (including frontispiece), [1], 118, [1] pp. Every page within a typographical border. Frontispiece with author’s portrait of the author, drawn and engraved by Antonio Zacco; head- and tailpieces. Contemporary decorated wrappers, paper rather rubbed and faded; fraying to spine; pastedowns dampstained. Waterstain affecting the upper margin of the first leaves, light staining to title, some browning. Otherwise, a very good, crispy copy. On title inked motto ‘non omnibus omnia’; on p. 109 the marginal note ‘si ricordi sempre’. A rare example of the literary production flourished on the Calabrian earthquake, composed under the academic name of Peloritano Pensante by the fifth prince of Biscari, and accompanied by explanatory and informative notes. The prince-poet stresses the sharp contrast between the arcadic nature of Southern Italy and the forthcoming catastrophe: he could not guess that exactly ten years later, in 1793, an earthquake would destroy his palace in Catania. Baratta, p. 916; BSRI, p. 346, CL054.
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