L'Ipocondria. Composizione Anacreontica Florence Pietro Gaetano Viviani 1758
4to. 52 pp. With engraved title vignette and 3 leaves of plates featuring 5 subjects, all signed Giuseppe Bonaiuti. Contemporary gilt-paneled vellum with double fillets and embellishments, lacking ties and with renewed end papers; a few small worm holes affecting the margins of the initial leaves, scattered foxing and small stains, with a larger stain on leaf E4 and the final plate. With two small notes in Italian on the verso of the front free end paper. $5,500.00
First edition, extremely rare, of this allegorical poem on hypochondria. Although the identity of the Italian poet who penned this work remains unknown, his chosen pseudonym, which translates to something like "Bleary Enthusiasm of the Dark Valley" is nonetheless amusing. The story follows the narrator and protagonist, Fabrizio, through the Kingdom of Hypochondria where he meets its queen and her entourage of gruesome characters, a scene brought to life in one of the five wonderful plates included in this work. After the main poem, the author supplies his own commentary, complete with an explanation of the rather puzzling title vignette.