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PETRONI (Stefano Egidio). The Napoleonides....
PETRONI (Stefano Egidio). The Napoleonides. Parigi, dai torchi di P. Didot il magg. 1813. In-8, xxiv-550-(2) pp.., Printed in Italian and French, black long grain morocco, narrow ribbed threaded back decorated with gold and cold fleurons, dishes decorated with a gilded decoration with a wide frame of oriental motifs at the bottom sifted between two completed cold, with corner fleurons, vine shoots in spandrels and coat of arms in the centre, decorated cups, inner frame of the same leather decorated with a wheel with quadrilobic motifs in between with corner crosses, orange-beige moire linings decorated with a fine gold and cold frame, guards of the same moire, gilded edges (bound p. Doll.). Partly original edition dedicated to the Empress Marie-Louise, of this poetic sequel originally published by the French printing house in Naples in 1809, which was subsequently deleted, added and amended with a view to a bilingual edition that began printing in 1811 but remained unfinished. This 1813 edition presents for the first time the entire revised version of the Italian text. It also includes, printed in French, a general introduction and notes on the medals by the writer Joseph Lavallée, also head of the division of the Grand Chancellery of the Legion of Honour, and, in Italian, notes on the text by the doctor and man of letters Antonio Pitaro. 100 odes to celebrate the great stages of Napoleon I's life: this true modern Aeneid or Henriade runs from the early youth in Brienne until the Polish countryside ended by the Tilsit peace. 101 medals engraved on copper with a line in the text, i.e.: one side with the title (portrait of the emperor) and 100 at the top of each of the odes, labelled on the engraving in Latin, and below in French and Italian typography. They were engraved by Tommaso Piroli after drawings by Benoît Pécheux. It seems that some copies, such as Queen Hortense's, also include a portrait of Petroni. It should also be noted that these engravings are entirely different from those illustrating the 1809 edition, and that they began to be executed for the interrupted bilingual edition of 1811. Poet, philologist and teacher, Father Stefano Egidio Petroni (1770-1837) was originally from the province of Perugia, and, having acquired new ideas, was in favour of French action in Italy. He then seemed to have turned his attention to England, publishing a poem in 1814 on the naval action of the English monarchy. He also published an Italian, English, French, and Italian translations of La Fontaine or Lesage. Copy with the arms of Napoleon I (OHR, pl. No. 2652, iron No. 11 in its slightly reduced version). Beautiful binding of the time signed by Jean-Frédéric Doll (golden name in the tail of the back). Probably an apprentice at Bozerian's, he practiced in Paris from about 1796-1798 to about 1830, and worked for Napoleon I and Queen Marie-Amélie. Provenance: vignette ex-libris armor-plated on the back of the first two guards.
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