Verona: Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club, 1951. Item #03151
"The Unwavering Strength of Love"
MANZONI, Alessandro. I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). The 1844 translation revised and with an introduction by Roanld H. Boothroyd. Illustarted with the designs of Francesco Gonin engraved for this edition by Bruno Bramanti. Verona: Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club, 1951.
Limited to 1,500 copies signed by Giovanni Mardersteig and Bruno Bramanti, this being no. 943.
Large octavo (10 1/2 x 7 inches; 266 x 177 mm.). xiv, 676,  pp. Illustrated throughout with wood-engravings by Bruno Bramanti.
Publisher's quarter natural Italian linen over hand-painted paper boards. A fine copy in the original pale-gray dust jacket, spine printed in black (a couple of short tears at head of jacket spine) and the original black cardboard slipcase.
The Betrothed or I Promessi Sposi is an Italian is an Italian historical novel which was first published in 1827, in three volumes. It has been called the most famous and widely read novel of the Italian language. Set in northern Italy in 1628, during the oppressive years under Spanish rule, it is sometimes seen as a veiled attack on Austria, which controlled the region at the time the novel was written. It is also noted for the extraordinary description of the plague that struck Milan around 1630. It deals with a variety of themes, from the cowardly, hypocritical nature of one prelate (Don Abbondio) and the heroic sainthood of other priests (Padre Cristoforo, Federico Borromeo), to the unwavering strength of love (the relationship between Renzo and Lucia, and their struggle to finally meet again and be married), and offers some keen insights into the meanderings of the human mind. I Promessi Sposi was made into an opera of the same name by Amilcare Ponchielli in 1856 and by Errico Petrella in 1869. There have been many film versions of I Promessi Sposi, including I Promessi Sposi, 1908, The Betrothed, 1941, The Betrothed, 1990, and Renzo and Lucia, made for television in 2004.
Limited Editions Club Bibliography, 217.