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Lot 33

Grandly Printed Eulogy—In Original Cream Cartridge Paper Wrappers

33. [COOK LITERATURE]. GIANETTI, Michelangiolo. [First title page]: Elogio del Capitano Giacomo Cook letto da Michelangiolo Gianetti nella Pubblica Adunanza della Reale Accademia Fiorentina il dì 9. Giugno 1785. Firenze: Gaetano Cambiagi, 1785. [Second title page]: Elogy of Captain James Cook Composed and Publickly Recited before the Royal Academy of Florence by.... Translated into English by a Member of the Royal Academy of Florence. Florence: Gaetano Cambiagi, 1785. [4], 87 [1] pp., copperplate engraved medallion of Cook on each title page. 4to, original cream cartridge paper wrappers, stitched as issued. Wrappers moderately foxed, light scattered foxing, mild waterstaining in the gutter margins of a few leaves slightly into text. Otherwise, a fine copy of this rare, elegantly printed eulogy printed on large, heavy paper with Italian and English on facing pages.

     First edition. Beddie 1957. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 99: Holmes 51. Kroepelien 486. O’Reilly-Reitman 451. Sabin 27267. Not in Hill. Translation signed “R. M.” Beddie notes that apparently the dedication was shortened and rewritten from 16 pages to its present 11 pages as found here. Cook’s biographer Kippis, although admitting he had not seen a copy of this eulogy, remarked that it was evidence “greater honor is paid to his name abroad than at home. A remarkable proof of it occurs, in the eulogy of our navigator, by Michael Angelo Gianetti, which was read at the Royal Florentine Academy, on the ninth of June, 1785, and published at Florence, in the same year” (p. 505). The translation in many places is merely a paraphrase of the Italian text, which is, of course, uniformly laudatory of Cook; however, the translation is in many places notoriously unreliable. The often-cited sentence on p. 19 concerning Cook’s prowess as a swimmer is totally overblown from the original Italian, which makes a much weaker claim about the matter. The eulogy is dedicated to legendary British envoy to Florence, Horace Mann. ($2,000-4,000)

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