London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
LANDI, Giuseppe Antonio (1713-91). Racolta di alcune facciate di palazzi e cortili de più riguardevoli di Bologna, Bologna: nella Stamperia di Lelio dalla Volpe, . 2° (400 x 292mm). Engraved title, 30 double-page plates on 29 sheets, an additional folding engraved plate by Giuseppe Benedetti, dated 1747, bound in at end. (Title and some plates spotted.) Later half calf, sprinkled edges (corners bumped, extremities rubbed or chipped).
Scarce, only one copy in NUC (Library of Congress). Landi's suite of engravings contains the grander palaces of the nobility of Bologna as well as the Mint, the Institue of Science, the Benedictine Monastery, the Archbishop's Palace and the city gates. Landi, a pupil of Ferdinando Galli da Bibiena in Bologna, left Italy for Brazil in 1753 to take part in the work of demarcating the Portuguese Spanish frontier set out in the Treaty of Madrid (1750). On completing this work in the Amazon Basin he moved to Belém, where he married and went on to become a royal architect. Not in Cicognara or Fowler.
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