• Valuable Printed Books and Man auction at Christies

    Sale 5334

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    13 June 2012, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    LOVISA, Domenico (ca. 1690-ca. 1750). Il Gran Teatro delle piú insigni prospettive di Venezia. [Venice: by the author in Rialto, ca. 1709].

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    LOVISA, Domenico (ca. 1690-ca. 1750). Il Gran Teatro delle piú insigni prospettive di Venezia. [Venice: by the author in Rialto, ca. 1709].

    2° (490 x 330mm). Half-title, table of contents, 64 (of 68) double-page engraved plates. (Without title, perhaps never issued, lacking plates 9, 27, 55 and 56, occasional marginal staining, affecting plate 12 only.) Contemporary vellum (stained, lower corners chipped). Provenance: unidentified bookplate.

    FIRST EDITION, RARE. Lovisa published an undated work containing 122 plates and titled Il Gran Teatro di Venezia ovvero raccolta delle principali vedute e pitture che in essa si contengono diviso in due tomi (c.1717). The present work is recorded in SBN on-line as being printed c.1709 and is the basis for the later enlarged Gran Teatro. Only 2 copies located in Italian libraries. AE records the sale of just 2 copies in 1982 and 1986. Cicognara 4100; Succi, Da Carlevarijs ai Tiepolo, pp. 230-234.


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