30 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,375
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
ROSSI, Domenico, publisher. Studio d'architettura civile sopra gli ornamenti di porte e finestre tratti da alcune fabbriche insigni di Roma. Rome: Domenico de Rossi, 1702.
Part I only, 2° (479 x 343mm). 141 etched and engraved plates including title and dedication, numbered to 142, 78 by and after Alessandro Specchi, 40 by Antonio Barbey and 17 by Francesco Bartoli, 7 folding. One letterpress leaf. (Closed tear into title border, final plate repaired on verso, a few other marginal tears and repairs). Contemporary calf (rebacked, covers chipped, upper joints slightly split). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (stamp on title).
Comissioned by the leading architectural print-publisher of his day, the plates show measured elevations, views, plans, sections and details of secular buildings in Rome, with a special emphasis on doors, alcoves, windows and staircases. Two further parts were published, 1711-1721. BAL/RIBA 3197; Berlin Kat. 2681.
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Please note that the catalogue illustration to lot 138 is on page 123, incorrectly numbered 139