London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand, 1821. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 152pp. Original decorative blind-stamped brown leather with decorative gilt ruling on covers, gilt tooling and lettering on spine. Marbled back endpaper. Green ribbon marker. Saul is a theatrical tragedy in five acts published for the benefit of the British and Foreign Bible Society, along with the scriptural drama "Jephtha's Daughter" in three acts. The translations are rendered anonymously "By a Lady." Contains a printed advertisement in regards to the present translation and a "Portrait of Alfieri" written by himself. The name "Marianne Colston Shepton, Jan. 13th, 1827" most probably is that of the English travel writer. Some staining to front and back cover, with light wear and scuffing to edges and joints of spine. Binding in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #41743
Victorio Alfieri (1749–1803) is considered the founder of Italian Tragedy. His dramas are perhaps the most important literary events in Italy of the 18th century. Alfieri's plots were not his inventions but taken from mythological fable or history. His popularity is in part attributed to his severe and unadorned style. Independent of the subject, Alfieri formed his dramas on the Greek model, breathing freedom and independence.