La destruttione di Gierusalemme del Sig. Conte Ridolfo Campeggi, e la prigiona del Santo Sepolcro di Christo, Del Signor Girolamo Tortoletti.

La destruttione di Gierusalemme del Sig. Conte Ridolfo Campeggi, e la prigiona del Santo Sepolcro di Christo, Del Signor Girolamo Tortoletti. Rome: Lodovico Grignani, 1628.

Small 8vo (141 x 96 mm). Collation: A-D8. 64 pp. (last page misnumbered “94”). Small crucifixion woodcut on title. Slight browning. 18th-century pattern paper wrappers, blue-stained edges. ***

Only Edition. Campeggi's posthumously published verses in 114 stanzas in ottava rima relate in heart-rending images the siege and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70. Descended from a noble Bolognese family, Count Campeggi (1565-1624) was an erudite and prolific author of libretti and madrigals and adept in most poetic genres of the early seicento. His verses, though skilled, bear occasional marks of the overblown Marinist style.

Tortoletti's poem in 63 stanzas (pp. 43-64) appeared previously in 1625 (ICCU giving no locations) under the title used here as its drop-title: “Il santo sepolcro prigioniero. Lettera di Gierusalemme scritta a Roma.” In it the personified Jerusalem, captive under Islamic rule, addresses Rome. During the same year Grignani published a discorso academic by Tortoletti on the "Turkish threat": Se l'Italia habbia forze sufficienti d'abbattere l'armi turchesche.

The poems are prefaced by a dedication from the editor Federico Grossi to Vincenzo Moretti, dated 15 September 1628.

No copies in OCLC, COPAC, etc.; ICCU lists 2 copies, both in Rome (Casatanense & Bib. Univ. Alessandrina). C. Mutini, art. DBI 17:470-72 (Campeggi). Item #2125

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