20 June 2013
GASPARI, Pietro (1720-1785). Serenissimo Carolo Theodoro Comiti Palatino Rheni Tabulas Hasce Aedificandi Rationem. Venice, 1771.
2o (380 x 256 mm). Double-page etched title, engraved dedication, 12 double-page etched plates by and after Gaspari. Contemporary calf-backed decorative boards. Provenance: early signature erased on title; Pierre Berès, sold 28 May 1997, acquired through Marlborough Rare Books.
FIRST EDITION of this collection of imaginary constructions, inspired by the wanderings in France, Italy and Germany by its author, the Venetian painter and engraver Pietro Gaspari, who had realized large decorations for the royal theater in Munich and the Royal Gallery Venice. The large prints are remarkable for incorporating varied elements from Egypt to Baroque, through the Gothic, showing the influence of Piranesi. Berlin Kat. 4183.
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