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La pazzesca pazzia de gli hvomini e Donne di Corte Innamorati. Ouero, Il Cortigiano Disperato
Venice: 1608. 8vo (136 x 91 mm). [1] leaf, [14], 293, [1] pp. A few small ink splashes on title, light dampstain in fore-margins of last few leaves. Seventeenth-century laced-case carta rustica, title (?"Cortigian disperato?") lettered on lower edges, later endpapers.*** Second edition (1st 1592) of a steamy 16th-century prose novella by a writer from Ravenna. Pascoli's erotic romance of star-crossed lovers commences at the battle of Lepanto (1571) and takes place in the ducal court of Barcelona. The story is framed as a flashback related to the narrator by the protagonist, Gioseffo, a young Italian nobleman, found nearly starving in a forest in Spain, where he has been reduced to the life of an animal. Spurned by Panfilia, who prefers Paolo, Gioseffo exacts revenge. While rich in passion, jealousy and suspense, the tragic tale evokes "contemporary courtly life and mores … with some measure of consistency and realism" (Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel, pp. 25-26). Pascoli's only other works were devotional verses, praised by Tasso. This appears to be a page-for-page reprint of the first edition (1592). Not in Gamba, Novelle italiane. Cf. Gino Raya, Il Romanzo (1950), pp. 104-106.
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