Mazarella, B. Della Critica libri tre. Vol. I. Storia Della Critica e Vol. II. Della critica come Scienza e come Arte. (Tre libri in due volumi). Roma: Botta, 1878. Seconda.
Two volumes, green pebble cloth, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, 394 & 380 clean pp., tight, darkened portion of spine/cover to vol. i. near the base of the spine. Very good. Hardcover. 
Bonaventura Masarella (1818-1882) b. Gallipoli, d. Genoa. Protestant magistrate, philosopher, pastor and politician. His early legal and political career led to his exile and subsequent conversion to the Waldenisan church of the Piedmont (1852). He began a Christian ministry among the Italian exiles of Switzerland, particularly in Geneva. He was granted amnesty in 1860 and returned to Novoli. "In that same year, however, the contemporary publication of his most important philosophical and already neo-Kantian work, The Criticism of Science, earned him particular notoriety abroad, so much so that Terenzio Mamiani, at the time Minister of Education, offered him the chair of pedagogy at the prestigious university of Bologna...Repeatedly elected to Parliament, starting from the first legislature of the Kingdom of Italy...For his doctrine and knowledge of philosophy, he was nicknamed the 'Italian Kant' by the pedagogist Pietro Siciliani, one of the greatest philosophers that Italy has ever had." - wikipedia (Italian edition).