Poesie del Signor Abate Pietro Metastasio. [Libretti]: METASTASIO, Pietro 1698-1782

Poesie del Signor Abate Pietro Metastasio. [Libretti]

METASTASIO, Pietro 1698-1782

Published by Presso la Vedova Quillau, Parigi, 1755

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9 volumes. A complete set. Octavo. Full polished calf with raised bands on spines in decorative compartments gilt, all edges gilt, dark blue silk endpapers.Vol. I: 1f. (frontispiece with portrait of the poet engraved by D. Sornique after C. Eisen), 1f. (decorative title), [i]-v (dedication with vignette), [vi] (blank), [vii]-xiv (letter from the author), 2f. (part-title), [xix]-cciv ("Dissertazione"), 319, [i] (blank) pp. Contains Artaserse; Adriano in Siria; and Demetrio. Frontispiece, with portrait of the poet, engraved by D. Sornique, after C. Eisen. Verse dedication to the Signora Marchese di Pompadour, by Ranieri de' Calsabigi, with engraved vignette and a "Dissertazione" on the dramatic poems by Calsabigi.Vol. II: 1f. (decorative title), 464 pp. Contains Olimpiade; Issipile; Ezio; La Danza; Il Sogno di Scipione; Il Natal di Giove; and Didone Abbandonata.Vol. III: 1f. (decorative title), 463, [i] (blank) pp. Contains La Clemenza di Tito; Catone in Utica; and Demofoonte. Vol. IV: 1f. (decorative title), 463, [i] (blank) pp. Contains Alessandro; Achille in Sciro; Ciro Riconosciuto; Temistocle; L'Isola Disabitata; and Lie Cinesi Componimento Drammatico che Introduce ad un Ballo.Vol. V: 1f. (decorative title), 463, [i] (blank) pp. Contains Zenobia; Ipermestra; Antigono; Semiramide; Il Re Pastore; and L'Asilo d'Amore.Vol. VI: 1f. (decorative title), 459, [i] (blank) pp. Contains L'Eroe Cinese; Attilio Regolo; Adriano in Siria; Didone Abbandonata; Il Tempio dell' Eternità; and La Contesa de' Numi.Vol. VII: 1f. (decorative title), 459, [i] (blank) pp. Contains Alessandro; Semiramide; Le Grazie Vendicate; Il Palladio Conservato; Il Parnaso; Astrea Placata; La Pace fra la Virtù, e la Bellezza; Il Vero Omaggio; L'Amor Prigioniero; Il Ciclope; and a Cantate.Vol. VIII: 1f. (decorative title), 460 pp. Contains Gioas Re di Giuda; Betulla Liberata; Sant' Elena al Calvario; Giuseppe Riconosciuto; La Morte d'Abel; La Passione di Gesù Cristo; Per la Festività del SSmo. Natale; Isacco Figura del Redentore; Canzonette; Sonetti; Epitalami; and La Strada della Gloria. Sogno.Vol. IX: 1f. (decorative title), 468, 2f. (Censor's approbation, "Privilege du Roi," and Register). Contains La Galatea; L'Endimione; Gli Orti Esperidi; Il Convito degli Dei; L'Angelica Serenata; La Morte di Catone; L'Origine delle Leggi; Il Ratto d'Europa; Ode per il Santissimo Natale; and Giustino. With a Distribuzione dell' Edizione and a Tavola delle Arie. Indices and autograph signature of B. Brunet, Adjoint, at the conclusion of Register.Label with former owner's name, "Anthony Godwin Hail," laid down to front pastedown of all volumes.Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped, with occasional stains; endpapers slightly soiled and foxed. Scattered light soiling and staining, especially to blank margins; several leaves with tears or slight loss to edges not affecting text; other very minor imperfections. An attractive set overall. First French Edition. Rare.Pietro Trapassi (1698-1782), better known as Metastasio, was regarded as one of the greatest poets of the 18th century; his libretti were set to music by numerous prominent composers. Bookseller Inventory # 25002

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Title: Poesie del Signor Abate Pietro Metastasio. [...

Publisher: Presso la Vedova Quillau, Parigi

Publication Date: 1755

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