Bossoli, Carlo.


Limited Edition, No. 41 of only 50 Copies, facsimile rep., Piemonte, Italy, (n.d.). 59 pp., narrative + 40 full cold., plates. Brown boards, large cold., ill., title-piece pasted to front cover ; cream cloth spine ; in a brown slipcase ; 32 x 33cm. A little creasing to corner of f.f.e.p., (blank) & a few light marks to slipcase o/w FINE. Originally published in London in 1859, this is a large, Limited Edition facsimile reprint of The War in Italy, from Drawings by Carlo Bossoli. With a Descriptive Narrative by the Author of "The Times" Letters from the Allied Camp. This striking reprint was published in Italy with the narrative in Italian and the forty coloured plates have been reproduced to a superb standard. This book is about the clash of empires in Italy in the mid-nineteenth century, variously called The Second Italian War of Independence, The Franco-Austrian War, The Austro-Sardinian War and The Austro-Piedmontese War. This important conflict played a pivotal role in the shaping of modern Europe. ‘The declining Austro-Hungarian Empire of the Hapsburgs struggled to maintain its hold on the Italian states as they fought to create a unified nation. An alliance of Sardinia and France fought the Austrian Empire in northern Italy where, for the final time, both protagonists were commanded in the field by their respective emperors. The conflict was short, lasting only from May to July in 1859, but it included the notable battles of Magenta and Solferino which were both allied victories. The outcome of the war was a negotiated peace prompted by France’s desire not to draw Prussia into the war.’ This book is drawn from reports made by The Times reporter on the spot and enhanced by forty illustrations by Carlo Bossoli who was a famous scenic artist of that time. Limited Edition of Only 50 Copies, of which this is No. 41. SCARCE.

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