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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 5

    ANTOLINI, Giovanni (1754-1841). Descrizione del Foro Bonaparte. Parma: Bodoni, 1806. 2° (612 x 440mm). Small engraved title-vignette, 10 double-page engraved plans and 14 double-page aquatint plates in bistre (margin of one plate repaired, lower margin of title very lightly waterstained, occasional light spotting). Contemporary half calf, gilt spine (head and foot of spine and 2 corners worn).

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    ANTOLINI, Giovanni (1754-1841). Descrizione del Foro Bonaparte. Parma: Bodoni, 1806. 2° (612 x 440mm). Small engraved title-vignette, 10 double-page engraved plans and 14 double-page aquatint plates in bistre (margin of one plate repaired, lower margin of title very lightly waterstained, occasional light spotting). Contemporary half calf, gilt spine (head and foot of spine and 2 corners worn).

    A MAGIFICENT WORK detailing Antolini's plans for an extraordinarily ambitious project for a forum, dedicated to Napoleon, to be erected in Milan with the Castello Sforzesco as its centrepiece. Not surprisingly it was never built owing to the huge expense that it would incur. Brooks 995.


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