The article analyzes the dedications in the work of Ippolito Nievo between 1852 and 1860, not all of which have been published by the author himself: either because the works they should accompany remained unpublished, or because they appeared without the dedication Nievo had written. In spite of their low number, these dedicatory texts are of considerable interest both for their typological and functional diversification. They are written in the form of poems or in prose, they refer to real persons (to which the author is always personally related) or to abstract entities. For Nievo the dedications are never a simple tribute to the addressee: on the contrary, they can mark the end of a love story, hence involving more complex mechanisms. In this sense, shall not only the prefatory and almost programmatic value of some of the dedications (and dedicatory poems) be considered, but also the frequent correlation between paratext and text, for example when the addressee of a dedication reappears in the text itself of the story dedicated to him.