BAYARDI, Ottavio Antonio (1690-1765). Prodromo delle antichità d'Ercolano. Naples: Regale stamperia, 1752.
Parts 1 & 2 only (of 5) in 2 volumes, 4° (220 x 159mm). Title of vol.I printed in red and black with an engraved medallion portrait of the author, 7 engraved plates, mostly folding, a few illustrations in the text, half-titles. (Short tear in one folding plate, light browning.) Contemporary Neapolitan red morocco, sides with roll-tooled border of a lattice ornament and palmette, corners of scallop shells, arabesques and fleur-de-lis, central arms of the dedicatee, Carlo VII, King of the Two Sicilies (later Carlos III of Spain), gilt spines with crown, in top compartment and fleur-de-lys in others, floral gilt pastedowns depicting oriental figures, some on elephants, and birds, gilt edges (slightly rubbed, neat restorations at spine). Provenance: Carlo VII of the Two Sicilies (binding); Emanuel, Conte de Nay et de Richecourt (18th-century armorial bookplate).
BOUND FOR PRESENTATION FROM THE DEDICATEE, King of the Two Sicilies. This work, in five volumes, all printed in 1752, forms Bayardi's long and erudite preliminary study for the famous folio edition in nine volumes of 1755-92. Brunet I, 314; Cicognara 2649. (2)