Un bel giorno. Poemetto. Seconda edizione.
Milano, Tipografia Bettoni 1827.
Folio. xxxiv + (2)pp, 2 engraved portraits, 7 aquatint engraved plates. Original boards, a little worn on spine and at outer corners, with printed paper label on spine.
Only edition under this title of a poem by Conte Folchino Schizzi, which, unusually for a poem, celebrates the building programme undertaken by the former Empress Marie Louise, Napoleon’s widow, who was then ruling the Duchies of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla in Northern Italy. Schizzi’s poem had originally been published under the title Il Calomero in an edition of 200 copies only in 1825, but Schizzi had it reissued in this revised second edition, under a different title and with one additional plate, in 1827. The best feature of this handsome book is its series of aquatint plates, engraved by Gaetano Durelli from drawings by Francesco Durelli, which illustrate new bridges over the Taro and Trebbia rivers, the new Teatro Ducale in Parma, the historic Teatro Farnesiano in the same city, and the new Galleria of the Accademia delle Belle Arti, also in Parma (a recent design by the architect Paolo Toschi : the plate illustrating it is the plate which is not in the edition of 1825). Accompanying printed notes on pp.xxix – xxxiv include a lengthy description of the Teatro Farnesiano.