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Bodoni imprint on the public utility of the sciences and art,
written by a friend of Goethe, Schiller and Wieland

[BODONI]. [DALBERG, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von].
De l'influence des sciences et des beaux-arts sur la tranquillité publique.
Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, 1802. 8vo. Contemporary green crushed morocco, richly gold-tooled sides and spine.
€ 2,750
First edition of a short tract on aesthetics by Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg (1744-1817), printed by Giambattista Bodoni. The author demonstrates the fundamental public utility of the sciences and arts. The work is preceded by an idyll on the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II’s abolition of serfdom, written by the Duchess Juliane Giovane di Girasole, born de Mudersbach (1766-1805). Dalberg was an influential and enlightened statesman in times of upheaval. Dalberg also distinguished himself as a scholar and notable patron of letters, befriending Goethe, Schiller and Wieland.
With bookplate. Some marginal spotting and the bottom of front hinge cracked, but otherwise in very good condition and beautifully bound.
Brooks 865; Palaia-Moscatelli 286.
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