8vo., contemporary full leather binding with gilt ornamentation and lettering, red sprinkled page edges, marbled endpapers, pp. XVI, 228. First edition published simultaneously in Rome and Turin. Born into a poor family in Palermo, and later adopting the name Count Alessandro of Cagliostro, Giuseppe Balsamo was an occultist and self-styled magician, a celebrity in his day who traveled across Italy, France, England and Russia. Missing portrait, some browning to pages, joints tender (though text block tight). A very good copy. Text in Italian.
BALSAMO, Giuseppe, Compendio della vita e delle gesta di Giuseppe Balsamo denominato il conte Cagliostro che si e estratto dal processo contro di lui formato in Roma l’anno 1790 e che puo’ servire di scorta per conoscere l’indole della setta dei libri Muratori., Nella Stamperia della Rev. Camera Apostolica | indi esattamente ristampato da Onorato Derossi, 1791
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