5 December 2008
GALLACCINI, Teofilo (1564-1641). Trattato sopra gli errori degli architetti. Venice: Giambattista Pasquali, 1767. [Bound with:] VISENTINI, Antonio (1688-1782). Osservazioni che servono di continuazione al trattato di Teofilo Gallaccini. Venice: Giambattista Pasquali, 1771.
2 works in one volume, 2o (346 x 266 mm). First work: etched title and 25 etched plates, of which 8 are full-page; second work: etched frontispiece, 61 full-page etchings, engraved title vignette, Contemporary limp Italian boards, UNCUT.
FIRST EDITION of both works, often bound together. Written about 1625, the Trattato sopra gli error degli architetti expresses Gallaccini's views on restraint in art and architecture, which brought him to the attention of proponents of neo-Palladianism such as Visentini and Consul Joseph Smith. Visentini had already engraved Canaletto's views of Venice for Smith and carried out architectural commissions for the Consul, and Smith was involved in the publication of these two architectural treatises. Berlin Kat. 2636 and (2640); Cicognara 513 and 514; Fowler 133 and 390; Millard Italian 43 and 154; Morazzoni 232 and 260; Schlosser-Magino 544.
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