Rome: Dalla Tip. R.C.A, Presso I Salviucci, 1845.
First edition. 198, pp. 12mo. Striking Italian binding. Scarlet glazed calf, with onlays in black and buff and ample gilding. All edges gilt, endpapers light green silk. Ownership inscriptions on verso of front free endpaper in light brown ink. Item #318053
Lo-Cicero is described on the title page as a "dottore in sacra teologia" as well as a director of the third order of St Francis (the branch of the Fransican order open to laypersons and those who were unable to join the Friars or Poor Clares).
These poems, mostly sonnets and canticles, are dedicated to the Duke of Sirmio, in a prefatory dedication dated 29 November 1845.
This binding features a central black onlay lozenge panel surrounded by acanthus leaves in gilt. Around it, an outer border of leaves and swooping gilt and onlay panels sit on a red calf binding within a solid gilt border. The spine is similarly lavishly decorated. All in all, this volume represents a striking (if unsigned) example of mid-19th century Italian binding art.
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