London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
CIAMPINI, Giovanni Giustino (1633-1698). Vetera monimenta. Rome: Komarek, 1690-1699. 2 vols., 2° (322 x 219mm). 2 engraved frontispieces, 130 engraved plates only (of 134), 50 folding, one illustration, 2 printed tables at end of vol.II. (?Lacking the 4 unnumbered plates found at plates XXVI and XXVII in vol.II called for by RIBA, light spotting, light marginal staining, heavier to vol.II especially towards end, some light browning, heavier on some of the folding plates.) Contemporary vellum, red mottled edges (extremities lightly rubbed and soiled, neat repair to headcap of vol.II, short split to upper joint at tail). Provenance: erased stamps to titles -- small discreet cardinal's armorial stamp to titles -- several early ink classmarks.
FIRST EDITION. Vol. I contains the architecture and decoration of early Christian churches and basilicas, while vol. II depicts the mosaics and paintings of Christian institutions up until the 9th century. This makes the work an important reference to those monuments and buildings now decayed or destroyed. Brunet II, 2-3; Cicognara 3671; RIBA 638. (2)
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