Vera, e distinta Relatione Dell’Horribile, e Spaventoso Terremoto Accaduto in Napoli, & in più parti del Regno il giorno 5. Giugno 1688. Co’l numero delle Città, Terre, & altri luoghi rovinati. Come anco delli morti, e feriti rimasti in così compassionevole tragedia.

Naples, Domenico Antonio Parrino, 1688

4° (202x146 mm). [4] ll. On l. A2r woodcut headpiece and decorative initial. Modern boards, green morocco title label on spine. A few small stains, otherwise an excellent copy. Rare narrative account of one of the most damaging historical earthquakes occurred in Naples, published shortly after the ‘dreadful and terrible’ event on 5 June 1688 and written by the printer himself, Domenico Antonio Parrino. “The quake struck Naples in the early evening when many people were walking in the porto area seeking cool air. Numerous buildings in the city were destroyed; the church of San Paolo Maggiore lost most of its facade […] the dome of Gesù Nuovo, the main Jesuit church was ruined […] The 1688 earthquake, it was widely believed, was a punishment by God for the sins of Naples, and a graphic reminder of the mysterious ways Providence cares for us” (H. S. Stone, Vico’s Cultural History, p. 9). On title is stamped the price of the pamphlet, ‘Si vende un grano l’una’. An English translation of this short account was printed in London in 1688. Unknown to Baratta.

BSRI, p. 287, CP034; H. S. Stone, Vico’s Cultural History. The Production and Transmission of Ideas in Naples, 1685-1750, New York-Köln 1997, pp. 9-12.
€ 1.300