Lot n° 11
1000 - 1500
APOLLINAIRE Guillaume (1880-1918)
Two fake princes of Albania, autograph notes on Stephano ZANNOWICH S.l.n.d., 7 in-4 tabbed pages. Bradel half-calf pink (Lavaux).
Bibliographical notes in which Apollinaire notes with care the publications of Stephano Zannowich, "impostor who claimed to be the prince Castriotto of Albania; born February 18, 1751 in Pastrovicio, a village of the Venetian Albania of a father merchant of mules and slippers, and a frantic gambler, died May 25, 1786, committed suicide"... There follow very precise bibliographical entries, sometimes commented on, according to Brunet, La France littéraire and Les Supercheries littéraires dévo dévoilées by Quérard, who also quotes Weiss and Barbier. Zannowich's work includes Epistles and Love Songs of an Oriental, The Famous Peter III, Emperor of Russia ("Before becoming prince of Albania, Zannowich had tried, in the country of the Montenegrins, to impersonate the Emperor Peter III"), The Great Castriotto of Albania, The Political Horoscope of Poland, Prussia, England, Turkish Letters, Thoughts of Stepan Annibale, Old Shepherd of Albania, etc.
His posthumous works are presented with quotations from the author. In Les Supercheries littéraires, Apollinaire discovers and copies the article "Albanie (Stiepan Annibale d') (the impostor Stephano Zannowich)", author of L'Alcoran des princes, by the prince of Albania, published in 1783 in Saint Petersburg: the work "was wrongly attributed by some bibliographers to J.B. Cloots".
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