27 - 28 June 2005
COMOLLI, Angelo (18th century). Bibliografia Storico-Critica dell'Architettura civile ed arti subalterne. Rome: Stamperia Vaticana, 1788-1792.
4 volumes, 4o (305 x 230 mm). (Some scattered pale spotting.) Contemporary Italian decorated-paper-backed boards, uncut and mostly unopened (split at head of spine on vol. 1, some minor soiling).
FIRST EDITION OF "THE FIRST BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURAL BOOKS and the earliest that can properly be described as a bibliography of literature on art. It was planned on a vast scale but remained unfinished owing to the author's premature death; even so, it is still of use" (Breslauer & Folter 10). The work serves as a history of architectural criticism, and indexes early architectural literature. Author and title indexes are found at the end of volumes 2 (for vols. 1 and 2), 3 and 4. RARE: no copies appear in auction records since at least 1975. A VERY FINE COPY IN ENTIRELY ORIGINAL CONDITION. (4)
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