Teatrali Serj e Giocosi del Secolo XVIII [Parnaso Italiano ovvero raccolta de' poeti classici italiani Tomo L] [Duino Castle Copy]
Venezia: Presso Antonio Zattae Figli, 1791. Very Good. Item #21345
Venezia: Presso Antonio Zattae Figli, 1791. First Edition. Small octavo (16cm.); later period-style parchment, two olive gilt-lettered morocco spine onlays, speckled endpapers; ,196 [but 296]pp. ([*]4 A-S8 T4); steel engraved medallion to title page, fifteen engraved scenes printed in text throughout. Light wear to extremities, chiefly at corners, else a Very Good to Near Fine, superlatively fresh copy. Contents include three plays, among them Apostolo Zeno's comic dramatization "Don Chischiotte in Corte Della Duchessa."
Provenance: Early 20th century ex libris of the Castello de Duino, the fourteenth-century fortification situated on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. By the late 19th century the Castle was home to Prince Alexander von Thurn und Taxis and his wife Princess Marie, who transformed the grounds into something of an artists' retreat where Rainer Maria Rilke penned his "Duino Elegies" in 1912. The contents of the Castle were auctioned off in 1997 and the grounds opened to the public.