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    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 157

    ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA (Naples). Gli ornati delle pareti, ed i pavimenti delle stanze dell'antica Pompei incisi in rame. Naples: Stamperia Regale, 1822.

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    ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA (Naples). Gli ornati delle pareti, ed i pavimenti delle stanze dell'antica Pompei incisi in rame. Naples: Stamperia Regale, 1822.

    Elephant 2° (840 x 600mm). Title with engraved vignette of the Bourbon arms supported by a mermaid, by Raffaele Aloja after Camillo Paderni; 2pp. letterpress with two engravings and an initial, the headpiece depicting the eruption on 8 August 1779, by F. Giomignani after Pietro Fabris, 105 unnumbered engraved plates after Giuseppe Chiantarelli, Giuseppe Lomanto, Francesco Morelli, Raffaello Morghen, and others. (Light creasing to first few leaves, very occasional spots, mainly marginal, one plate affected by long, closed tear, final plate cut down and mounted.) Contemporary russia by Ph. Selenka, Wiesbaden, with his ticket, covers panelled in gilt and blind, spine and turn-ins with repeated palmettes (lightly rubbed).

    A MAGNIFICENT WORK reproducing in large plates the wall decorations and mosaics discovered at Pompei and Herculaneum, "può fare seguito alle Antichità di Ercolano [1757-1792]" (Furcheim). First published 1796-1808 in three parts, the first two presenting fifty plates each, and the third a series of thirteen plates of larger dimensions. Among the 25 Italian engravers involved in production of the work were R. Aloja, G. Azzerboni, C. Cataneo, N. Cesarano, G. Guerra, Fiorillo, D. Casanova, F. Giomignani, A. Lamberti, Scarpati, and A. Zaballi. This 1822 reprint is unknown to Furcheim and García y García. Cf. Cicognara 2645 note (without date of publication): 'un gran volume Atlantico slegato di 106 tavole di pareti, pavimenti, e altre antichità Ercolanesi venuto a poco a poco in luce, e non anche illustrato'; Furcheim Bibliografia di Pompei p. 67; García y García, Nova bibliotheca pompeiana, pp. 874-875 no. 9997.


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