The production of these two great volumes of views of Florence and Tuscany was an enormous undertaking and required the collaboration of a large number of etchers. The preparatory drawings by Zocchi were etched by printmakers from Florence, Rome, Bologna, Venice and even Germany, including by F. Berardi, M. A. Corsi, F. P. Duflos, V. Franceschini, G. Giampiccoli, M. Marieschi, P. Monaco, F. Morghen, J. S. Muller, P. A. Panzi, J. A. Pfeffel, G. Seutter, J. Wagner, G. Vasi and others. Giovanni Battista Piranesi etched one plate and so did Giuseppe Zocchi himself.
The library of Madame de Pompadour was sold in the summer of 1765, more than a year after her untimely death of tuberculosis on 15 April 1764. The sale was overseen by the Royal printer Jean-Thomas Herissant and his son Jean-Thomas fils, who served as the Royal librarian. It took place at rue Saint Jacques in Paris and lasted for 39 days, in the course of which 3525 lots of books, 235 lots of sheet music, and 36 lots of prints were sold. The present volume was offered as part of the prints section, presumably on 5 August 1765, the last day of the sale.