[RAPHAEL Sanzio d'Urbino (1483-1520).] Loggie di Rafaele nel Vaticano. Rome: 1772-1777.
3 parts in one volume, broadsheet 2° (654 x 470mm). 73 finely engraved plates, composed as follows: part I, 34 etched and engraved plates, comprising: unnumbered view along the loggia, with the title at the foot and an oval medallion portrait of 'Raphael Sanctvs Vrbinas', 3-sheet panoramic view, 2 double-sheet folding plates of doors lettered A-B, and plates numbered I-XIV each printed on 2 sheets, by Giovanni Ottaviani after C. Savorelli and P. Camporesi; part II, 14 etched and engraved plates, comprising: title within decorative foliate border dated Rome: 1776, and plates numbered I-XIII each printed on 2 joined sheets and folded, by Ottaviani after Savorelli and Camporesi; part III, 25 etched and engraved plates, comprising: title within decorative foliate border dated Rome: 1777, and plates numbered 1-12 each printed on 2 sheets by Giovanni Volpato after Ludovico Teseo. (Lacking letterpress text-leaf to part I, plates to part III trimmed close and into plate margins, occasional faint spotting, browning and spotting.) Contemporary diced russia, covers with gilt and blind border, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers (small patch worn from lower cover, extremities rubbed, more heavily at joints and spine ends, corners bumped). Provenance: Emily, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1819-1895; engraved armorial bookplate).
The Raphael decorations in the Vatican's three-storied balconies known as the 'Logge' quickly became famous, and various suites of plates were issued in the 17th century. However 'the present work was the first to attempt to show all the decoration of the pilasters and pillars' (RIBA). A set of the present engravings stimulated Catherine the Great to have a replica of the Logge built at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Brunet IV, 1110; Berlin Kat. 4068; RIBA III, 2710.