By Cesar Ruggieri
Venice   Unknown
8.5" by 5" 362-375pp.
A very scarce copy of the first translated edition of Ruggieri's narrative of the attempted self-crucifixion of Matthew Lovat.
By Cesar Ruggieri

1806 Narrative of the Crucifixion of Matthew Lovat Executed by His Own Hands, at Venice in the Month of July, 1805

Venice   Unknown
8.5" by 5" 362-375pp.
A very scarce copy of the first translated edition of Ruggieri's narrative of the attempted self-crucifixion of Matthew Lovat.
£180.00
: 0.5kgs / : 907T78

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First Edition, Original Binding, Publishers' Original Binding, Very Scarce

Very scarce. First English translation. From the original narration of Cesar Ruggieri, Professor of Surgery at Venice in a letter to a medical friend. An account of the 1805 attempt of an Italian shoemaker named Mattio Lovat to crucify himself outside the third-floor window of his home in Venice. He had previously attempted a similar act in 1803, and on both occasions was rescued by passers-by. Venetian physician Cesare Ruggieri came to see Lovat out of curiosity but treated and observed him at his bedside until he had physically recovered. Ruggieri's diagnosis of a persistent mental disorder meant that Lovat was transferred to San Servolo, an early mental asylum.

Condition

The original paper pamphlet. Externally, smart with light wear and the odd small mark to the external pages. Splits in the paper along the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright with the odd spot and light age toning.

Good

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