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Volume Primo

Volume Secondo

Volume Terzo

By Gabriello Chiabrera

1807 - Milan - The Italian Company of Classic Typography

8.25" by 5", xlvii, 422, (1);

392, (1); 316, (1)

 

DETAILS

A complete set of Chiabrera's Rhymes

Complete in 3 volumes

Bound in quarter leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering

Nameplate belonging to Charles J. Bewlay of Carleton Hall to the front pastedown.

Gabriello Chiabrera (1552  1638) was an Italian poet, sometimes called the Italian Pindar.

As a maker of odes in all their elaborate pomp of strophe and antistrophe, master of new and complex rhythms, coiner of ambitious words and composite epithets, employer of audacious transpositions and inversions, and the inventor of a new system of poetic diction it is not surprising that Chiabrera should have been compared with Ronsard. Both were destined to suffer eclipse as great and sudden as had been their glory. Ronsard was succeeded by Malherbe and by French literature, properly so-called; Chiabrera was the last of the great Italians, and after him literature languished till the second renaissance under Manzoni. Chiabrera, however, was a man of merit, apart from that of the mere innovator. Setting aside his epics and dramas (one of the latter received the honours of translation at the hands of Nicolas Chrtien, a sort of scenic du Bartas), much of his work remains yet readable and pleasant. His grand Pindarics are dull, it is true, but some of his Canzonette, like the anacreontics of Ronsard, are exceedingly elegant and graceful. His autobiographical sketch is also extremely interesting. The simple old poet, with his adoration of Greek (when a thing pleased him greatly he was wont to talk of it as "Greek Verse"), his delight in journeys and sight-seeing, his dislike for literary talk save with intimates and equals, his vanities and vengeances, his pride in the memory of favours bestowed on him by popes and princes, his infinita maraviglia over Virgil's versification and metaphor, his fondness for masculine rhymes and blank verse, his quiet Christianity, is a figure deserving perhaps of more study than is likely to be bestowed on that "new world" of art which it was his glory to fancy his own, by discovery and by conquest.

CONDITION

The binding are firm. There is some significant wear to the extremities including loss to the spine panels of Volumes 2 and 3, and the spine panel of Volume 1 is present but detached. There is also some bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are bright and clean with only the odd spot, and some mild spotting to the first and last couple of pages. Overall the condition of the books is good only due to the bindings.

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