29 October 2013
TESI, Mauro Antonio (1730-1766). Raccolta di disegni originali estratti da diverse collezioni. Bologna: nell'Istituto delle scienze, 1787.
2o (409 x 283 mm). 42 plates, including portrait, printed in shades of bistre, sepia, and grey (some minor mostly marginal staining). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked). Provenance: Bettisfield Library (1789 inscription on pastedown); Thomas Henmer (signature on front free endpaper); acquired from Grinke, 1978.
FIRST EDITION. A collection of drawings after the Bolognese artist Tesi, illustrating stage designs, architectural capricci, catafalques and tombs, etc. He was one of the early proponents of neo-classical style in Bologna. The memorial tablet for Tesi at end is designed by Carlo Bianconi (1732-1802). Berlin Kat. 2644; Cicognara 863.
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