Saturday, 24 September 2011

Seconda edizione

Here's an image I found of the 'seconda edizione' of Gioseppe Davanzati's Dissertazione sopra i vampiri (1789). The photographer came across it in the Palazzo Davanzati, Florence:


Many authors claim Davanzati's Dissertazione was first published in 1744 (example), but Massimo Introvigne, president of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula's Italian chapter, notes, 'Finally, in 1774, Rome granted the imprimatur to Davanzati's Dissertazione sopra i vampiri. The work . . . was written between 1738-43 but was circulated only as a manuscript.' As to the second edition, he adds, 'the second and definitive version of Davanzati's Dissertazione was published in 1789 with the Church's imprimatur'.1

1 M Introvigne, 'Antoine Faivre: father of contemporary vampire studies', in R Caron, J Godwin, WJ Hanegraaff & J-L Viellard-Baron (eds.), Ésotérisme, gnoses & imaginaire symbolique : mélanges offerts à Antoine Faivre, Peeters, Leuven, 2001, pp. 608–9, 610.

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