Le Forche Caudine – Illustrate con due Appendici. [Compreso “Prospetto Della Valle Caudina Dalla Parte Della Campania”]. Second edition, augmented and, according to Brunet, preferable to the original first edition, which was printed in Caserta in 1778.
Seconda Edizione. Napoli, Appresso Angelo Trani, 1811. Folio (44.5 cm x29 cm). XIII, (3), 102 pages plus (6) pages advertising and Index (Indice). With 22 (twentytwo) illustrations overall. Including a large fold-out-plan (97 x 43 cm) of the Valle Caudine, several Vignettes, Allegorical/Historical Illustrations and four beautiful landscape engravings of the Valle Caudine by Alessandro d’Anna / XIII, (3), 102 pagine più (6) pagine pubblicitarie e Index (Indice). Con 22 (ventidue) illustrazioni in totale. Tra cui una grande illustrazione (97 x 43 cm) della Valle Caudine, diverse vignette, illustrazioni allegoriche / storiche e quattro bellissime incisioni paesaggistiche della Valle Caudine di Alessandro d’Anna. Hardcover / Fantastic modern, Nigerian goatskin with gilt lettering on spine and fine quality late 19th-century cloth over boards. New endpapers and all bound in style by english master-binders. Excellent condition of the binding. The stunning and most wonderful interior with only very occasional signs of an old dampstain to the outer margins and the beautiful, large fold-out-plan with some mild browning to one part of the center-fold. A typographical masterpiece of italian printmaking.
Besides the wonderful engravings by Alessandro d’Anna, the second edition of this typographical masterpiece includes also two appendices with contemporary, critical articles about the publication: 1. “Articolo Efemeridi Letterarie di Roma” (being a description of the first edition of Le Forche Caudine illustrate from 1778) / 2. “Articolo del Foglio Letterario di Gottingen – Tradotto dal Tedesco de Signor Conte di Wilzeck” / 3. “Articolo del Giornale de’Letterati di Pisa” / 4. “Lettera dell’Accademia della Crusca” / 5. “Lettera del Magistrato di Benevento” / 6. “Capitolo di Orazio Antonio Cappelli al Signor Giovanni Giuseppe Wilzeck” / 7. A Sonnett (″Sonetto”) by Giovanni Batista Basso Bassi / 8. Inscription from an old Stele regarding the Triumph of the Samnites over the Roman Army at Caudine Forche: “Romanorum Triumphi de Samnitibus” / 9. [Christian Thomasius] “Christianii Thomasii de Sponsione Romanorum Caudina – Dissertatio” [Substantial text by Thomasius over 18 pages] / 10. “101 Ex Specimine Iurisprudentiae Historicae Io. Francisci Buddei Capita Nonnulla de Sponsione Romanorum Caudina”//
Battle of the Caudine Forks – The Battle of Caudine Forks, 321 BC, was a decisive event of the Second Samnite War. Its designation as a battle is a mere historical formality: there was no fighting and there were no casualties. The Romans were trapped in an enclosed valley by the Samnites before they knew what was happening and nothing remained but to negotiate an unfavorable surrender. The action was entirely political, with the magistrates on both sides trying to obtain the best terms for their side without disrespecting common beliefs concerning the rules of war and the conduct of peace. In the end the Samnites decided it would be better for future relations to let the Romans go, while the Romans were impeded in the prosecution of their campaign against the Samnites by considerations of religion and honor. (Wikipedia)