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La Florinda, Tragedia

Author Andreini, Giovanni Battista.
Title La Florinda, Tragedia
Imprint Milan: Girolamo Bordone
Date of Publication 1606
Language Italian
Notes Rare first edition of this illustrated tragedy, the first work for the stage and the only tragedy by Giovanni Battista Andreini (1579-1654), regarded as the most important Italian dramatist of the 17th century. Andreini is considered especially important as a link between the Commedia dell' arte tradition, with its mixing of dialects and improvisational tendencies, and the emerging genre of opera. The tragedy is set in a Scottish forest (pictured on an illustrated plate), with the plot centering on a domestic tragedy concerning Ircano king of Scotland and his wife Florinda, countess of "Angusa" (Angus?). Tha play ends typically with a succession of suicides.
Shelfmark RB.m.678
Acquired on 07/07/08
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