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    Sale 7725

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

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 170

    NIBBY, Antonio (1792-1839). Il tempio della Fortuna Prenestina ristaurato da Costantino Thon architetto pensionato da S.M. l'Imperatore delle Russie. Rome: Stamperia di Filippo e Nicola De Romanis, 1825.

    Broadsheet 2° (755 x 490mm). Title with engraved vignette, 5 numbered engraved plates by G.B. Cipriani after Ton, engraved head-piece (view of Praeneste) and tail-piece. (First three leaves stained, first and last plate lightly spotted.) Contemporary russia gilt, upper cover lettered "Il Tempio, della ,Fortuna , Prenestina , Rist. da C. Thon ,Descr. Da A. Nibby", within a wide border of scroll ornament (light scuffing to covers, a little bowed).

    A FINELY-BOUND COPY of this rare reconstruction of the Temple of Fortune at Praeneste by the young Russian architect Konstantin Andreyevich Ton (1794-1881). Ton published two works while a student in Rome, 1819 to 1828. He later introduced the Russo-Byzantine style and among other buildings designed the Kremlin Palace. Cipriani's large plates after Ton's drawings (in landscape format, three ca. 450 x 740; two ca. 450 x 580mm) provide a plan, a view, an imaginary reconstruction of a section of the temple and then its "Stato attuale" (pl. IV), plus various "Studi" (sixteen architectural details, pl. V). Nibby wrote the accompanying text and the work was dedicated to Alexander I. Cf. RIBA 3327fn.

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    NIBBY, Antonio (1792-1839). Il tempio della Fortuna Prenestina ristaurato da Costantino Thon architetto pensionato da S.M. l'Imperatore delle Russie. Rome: Stamperia di Filippo e Nicola De Romanis, 1825.

    Broadsheet 2° (755 x 490mm). Title with engraved vignette, 5 numbered engraved plates by G.B. Cipriani after Ton, engraved head-piece (view of Praeneste) and tail-piece. (First three leaves stained, first and last plate lightly spotted.) Contemporary russia gilt, upper cover lettered "Il Tempio, della ,Fortuna , Prenestina , Rist. da C. Thon ,Descr. Da A. Nibby", within a wide border of scroll ornament (light scuffing to covers, a little bowed).

    A FINELY-BOUND COPY of this rare reconstruction of the Temple of Fortune at Praeneste by the young Russian architect Konstantin Andreyevich Ton (1794-1881). Ton published two works while a student in Rome, 1819 to 1828. He later introduced the Russo-Byzantine style and among other buildings designed the Kremlin Palace. Cipriani's large plates after Ton's drawings (in landscape format, three ca. 450 x 740; two ca. 450 x 580mm) provide a plan, a view, an imaginary reconstruction of a section of the temple and then its "Stato attuale" (pl. IV), plus various "Studi" (sixteen architectural details, pl. V). Nibby wrote the accompanying text and the work was dedicated to Alexander I. Cf. RIBA 3327fn.


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