One page, 4to, a bifolium. With separate oblong sheet, being the envelope, also signed by Maroncelli. A fine example save a few small chips and soft creases at edges, envelope with recipient's name cut out. Item #404328
Piero Maroncelli writes in 1843 to an unspecified professor of music, discussing a third party, who seems to be the addressee’s music pupil:
"To my respectable friend,
I have learned that Mr. [redacted] has for a long time taken lessons from you: I told him myself, a long time ago, to take advantage of your generous offers because I believed we could have made something out of him, by means of insistence, persuaded that two can always make it more possible than one. I don’t know why he didn’t take my advice.
But as a colleague and friend you [nonexistent word -- perhaps misspelling of “consider”] to be my duty to say what I think of him, about music, and about morality, for your benefit. The most honest, simple, and frank path to do this, seemed to be to write you a letter, that I was obligated to write. I leave it to your prudence to give it to him, after having read it, either open or closed.
Be persuaded, my dear friend, of the perfect consideration and the sincere attachment with which I have always been, I am, and I will always be,
Piero Maroncelli, was born in 1795 in Forli, Italy, and was sent to Naples at age fifteen to study music; he became involved with two underground insurrectionary organizations, first the Carbonari and then the Conciliatore. He was imprisoned from 1820-1830 for his political activity; following his release, he departed for France, where he married the German singer Amalia Schneider. In addition to composing operas, Maroncelli also contributed literary reviews and translations to American periodicals; when he came to visit the United States, “literary circles welcomed him upon his arrival.” Maroncelli’s two-volume translation of Silvio Pellico’s 'Le mie prigoni and Addizioni,' was published in Cambridge by Norton in 1836 (Angeline H. Lograsso, “Poe’s Piero Maroncelli,” PMLA, 1943, 787). Edgar Allan Poe notably wrote a biography sketch of Maroncelli’s life and literary career in 'Literati.' Maroncelli remained in New York, and was a close friend of Lorenzo Aa Ponte. He died in New York in August 1846.