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PASCOLI, Livio.
Novella Romantica. col testo originale Inglese posta in versi Italiani sopra Traduzione Letterale e Poesie Diverse di L. P. Seconda Edizione.
Bologna: Tipografia Marsigli, con approvazione. 1823 (altered by stamp from 1821). Three works in one, small 4to (200 x 145 mm), pp. [32], partly in parallel text with the English translation; pp. [24], with the divisional title 'Rime Faceto-Morale' handstamped 'Estemporanee'; pp. [8], some of the paper lightly but evenly browned, A curious Ossian style production, with a Norwegian saga written in Italian terza rima and printed alongside the supposedly English prose original, 'Almurka and Snivenus'. Set in early medieval Norway where the enlightened monarchs Alminda (the name has been changed to be more resonant with the Italian language) and Sniveno reign over a peaceful nation, though under the rule of Britain. One sorrowful day the King of Britain summons Sniveno, 'come to the English court; an high reason of state requires it' and despite the anguished entreaties of his wife, fearful of the raging seas, he submits to the order and embarks for Britain. A few days later, the vessel 'was assailed in a dark night by a terrible storm. The ship was flinged up and down by the waves and beated at once by winds, hail, and rain. The thunder bursted in the darkness. The Master of the ship was appaled for the danger; the thunderbolt rending the clouds sended on the surge a flash of livid light. The sailors had lost their art and spirit. The vessel was plunged down almost topsyturvy and cryes and groans were heard. The whirlwind broke masts and sails; the surpassing and raged waves fluttered around the bodys of agonizing and dead men, and some of them not yet entirely drowned utter … [Click Below for Full Description]
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