A set of 14 volumes of Italian drama published in Prato in 1820
Opere dell’ Abate Pietro Metastasio, Poeta Caesario. Presso Luigi Vannini [Prato] 1820. 12mo [4 x 6ins]. A set of 14 small volumes bound in full vellum gilt with contrasting red and black gilt title labels. Each volume is in good condition, one volume has a partly cleaned section of spine. Volume one has a frontispiece portrait of the author and there are occasionally decorative plates in the other volumes. Each volume has the early 20th century bookplate of R & H N Carvalho showing two black cats gazing at a rural landscape with a distant castle. The set occupies a total shelf space of approximately 10 inches. I was interested to find this set published in Prato as it reminded me to re-read the excellent book by Iris Origo The Merchant of Prato.