• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 156

    ART & ARCHITECTURE -- FALDA, Giovanni Battista (1648-1678). Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi pubblici della cittá. Rome: Giacomo de Rossi [n.d., c.1691]. Oblong 2° (304 x 478mm). 4 parts in 1 vol., 4 frontispieces, 4 dedications and 100 plates (2 folding) all engraved by Falda and Venturini (mainly marginal spotting, small paper flaw affecting text of pl. 13, fourth dedication plate creased). 18th-century half vellum boards, uncut (lacking endpapers, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Roma: Bassi, Zingari (stamp on pastedown).

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    ART & ARCHITECTURE -- FALDA, Giovanni Battista (1648-1678). Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi pubblici della cittá. Rome: Giacomo de Rossi [n.d., c.1691]. Oblong 2° (304 x 478mm). 4 parts in 1 vol., 4 frontispieces, 4 dedications and 100 plates (2 folding) all engraved by Falda and Venturini (mainly marginal spotting, small paper flaw affecting text of pl. 13, fourth dedication plate creased). 18th-century half vellum boards, uncut (lacking endpapers, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Roma: Bassi, Zingari (stamp on pastedown).

    "This collection of plates is the most charming that has ever appeared on the fountains of Rome and its environs, [...] all copies examined vary in numbering and arrangement of plates" (Fowler). The precise date of the original publication of these plates is unknown but c.1675-1685. The early impressions don't have the plate numbering which appeared later, perhaps with this edition around 1691 (Berlin Kat.). BL, 17th century Italian books, p.327; British Architectural Library II, 1014; Bruni and Evans, 4361; Cicognara 3863 (part I-III only); Fowler, pp. 97-99; Berlin Kat. 3603-4.


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