London | London: Printed for R. Lowndes | Printed by A. M. for Abel Roper and T. Dring, 1650 | 1652.
24mo. Full Leather. First Edition. A contemporary account of the revolutions of Naples, first organized by the fisherman Masaniello. Giraffi’s tale damns the agitator as a tyrant and villain of the most perfidious sort; being a biased retelling written by an Italian nobleman with obvious conflicts of interest, this work remained the authoritative account for some time, as most readers and writers reveled in the fantastic tale. The first and second parts of Giraffi’s History, both translated by James Howell, bound together in one volume. The first work is one of three first printings, priority unknown, all published in 1650; the second work is the First Edition of Part II, published two years later. Part I collates complete. , 146, with frontispiece portraits of Genovino, Massianiello, and Gennaro. Part II lacks the first blank leaf and plate called for by the ESTC. , 199, . Final 40 leaves of Part II chipped at the top corner, not affecting the text; Part I has occasional trimming to the top of the leaves, affecting the pagination. Previous owners’ names as well as scholarly notes on the editions in pencil and ink to the front endpaper and final leaf. Previous owners are Benjamin Smith, a clock and watchmaker in the Churchyard of Canterbury, and Brent Gration-Maxfield, a modern history author. Wear to the leather binding; brown label with lettering in gilt on the spine. (ESTC R21699. ESTC R202458).
Very Good binding.