All four volumes in excellent condition with no wear/damage
"Giuseppe Gioachino Belli (Rome 1791-1863) produced the largest body of satirical poetry in Italian: 2,279 pungent sonnets in romanesco devoted to the lives and behaviour of the common people of the Rome of his time. His range of topics is simply too long to list but embraces: eating, drinking, violence, sex, earthquake, ghosts, gambling, house-hunting, religion, orphans, popes, shyster lawyers, bedrooms, fireworks. His irregular, sometimes scurrilous, subject matter is shaped by a peerless mastery of the Petrachan sonnet. He chose not to publish in his lifetime, reciting instead to a select audience which, on at least one occasion, included another great writer of comic literature, Gogol, who mentioned him in admiration to his literary correspondents. Over the past fifty years his reputation has grown, and some of his work is now available in French, German, Spanish and Russian. In English he has gained the attention of such writers and poets as William Carlos Williams, Robert Garioch, Gregory Corso, Anthony Burgess and Robert Lowell."