Paris: Fetil Libraire, 1778.
viii, 275 pages with Roman and Italic type for the dedication; some typographic & woodcut ornaments throughout. 12mo, contemporary mottled calf, with flat spine & red morocco label, gilt, green silk marker. Paris: Fetil Libraire, Chez l'Auteur, 1778. First Edition. A very good copy in a charming contemporary binding (outer joints starting) with signature of J. Duff dated Paris August 20th, 1789 on the front flyleaf and the 1858 bookplate of Admiral Duff on the front pastedown.
Only edition of this Italian grammar, reader and pronunciation guide by the professor of Italian and English in Paris. It is aimed at assisting those wishing to develop basic reading skills and conversational competence rather than translating or compositional expertise. This emphasis on the practical is carried forth in the exercises following each lesson, as well as in the choice of examples used to illustrate various rules and their exceptions. Very scarce - OCLC lists only 3 copies.
Condition: Very Good