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BERGUER, Lionel Thomas. Philip, king of spain: a tragedy, translated from the italian of count vittorio alfieri.

London. Published by Robert Dutton...and John Agg and Co.., 1809. First edition in English.
Quarto. x, [2], 94pp, [2]. With half-title, engraved frontispiece and the terminal blank. Finely bound in contemporary gilt-tooled red morocco. A trifle rubbed, with a small wormhole to upper joint at foot. Marbled endpapers, A.E.G. Presentation, inscribed (by the recipient) 'J.T. Coleridge Eton College Bucks. Given him (so bound) by the author. March 15th 1809' to the head of a blank fly-leaf. Further ink inscription (?'J.T. Co') to half-title. Some offsetting from frontispiece, very occasional spoting, else a crisp copy.
A good presentation copy of a very rare work indeed; the English translation of Count Alfieri's tragedy of the Spanish monarchy, Filippo, presented by the translator Lionel Thomas Berguer (fl. 1789-1831) to John Taylor Coleridge (1790- 1876), nephew of the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, later judge, and sometime editor of the Quarterly Review, then a colleger at Eton.

In his two-page preface, Berguer draws comparison between this, Alfieri's earliest work, and 'a Tragedy of Schiller's called Don Carlos, from which I think it more than possible that Alfieri has taken his hint for the following play'.

Rare; OCLC locates just two copies worldwide: at the BL and the Spanish National Library.
£ 950.00 Antiquates Ref: 24998