Lot 249: Italian patriot (1805–1872) who dedicated his life, much of which was spent in exile, to uniting his country under a republic. Four untranslated ALSs in Italian, totaling seven pages, including two signed "Gius. Mazzini" and two signed "Gius." Letters are to his sister, Sig. Nova, Stefano, and a friend. One, in part (translated): "As I have said since we have met for the first time, I cannot deny that the thought occurs to me often: 'If we see that the rising of Piac. shows the opportunity for the cities of Italy, why could the rising of Genova not do the same thing?' I cannot stop to repeat this thought; but I do not see any more in it. The friend will let you know from the Officer that I saw him this morning. As soon as I have news, I will let you know. In case you believe you will make up your mind to act, let me know without delay. I will then give a proclamation and I will see you immediately. Obviously, the Government is afraid. And it does not dare to cling to measures which were repressive before. There is agitation, as you know, even in the crushed. Still, the Government presents the stimulus for us. And this could maybe change the plan and give more importance to my idea of attacking the wings, procuring weapons and then leading the concentrated and excited forces to a victory over the centre. But we will talk about this." In overall very good condition, with various small tears, show-through from writing to opposing sides, toning, and tape remnants to edges. Accompanied by one original mailing envelope addressed in Mazzini's hand and an unsigned engraved portrait.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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