Relazione del terribile Terremoto accaduto nella Città del Borgo a S. Sepolcro, Castello di Cespaja, e Villaggio di Selci il dì 30. Settembre 1789

, n.p., 1789

Small 4° (195x131 mm). 4 pp. One woodcut headpiece on title; on verso of the last leaf woodcut vignette, depicting a town destroyed by earthquake. Original decorated wrappers, with criss-cross design. An excellent copy, margins somewhat trimmed. On 30 September 1789 a violent earthquake hit the territory of the upper valley of the Tiber (Valtiberina), in Central Italy, and coeval reports about this disaster were printed in a large sample of Gazzette and Avvisi. This rare account offers a summary of earthquake effects and consequences in the towns administrated by the Gran-Duchy of Tuscany – Cospaia, Selci and above all San Sepolcro, the main centre of the Upper Valtiberina - and details the severe damage suffered by both public and private buldings. In San Sepolcro all the Churchs were devastated. On title is stamped the same vignette, showing a town destroyed by earthquake, that had been used in the Chracas typography since the beginning of 18th century (see items 27, 43 and 44). No copy in OCLC.

V. Castelli, In Troubled Times, in a Divided Country. The 1789 Valtiberina Earthquake, in J. Fréchet et al. (eds.), Historical Seismology. Interdisciplinary Studies of Past and Recent Earthquakes, Dordrecht 2008, pp. 249-260.
€ 400
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