Lot n° 7
1500 - 2000
Result without fees
: 4 000EUR
BIBIENA (Giuseppe Galli)
BIBIENA (Giuseppe Galli). Architetture, e prospettive... Augustae, Pfeffel, 1740. in-folio, contemporary brown basane, ribbed spine, gilt title, ornamented boards, red edges (spine worn with wormholes and lacunae at the tail, head board restored, corners worn, cuts and boards rubbed; moderate russeting and soiling; composite copy with several plates, margins varying in size, the frontispiece without margins and pasted on to the front cover. moderate russeting and soiling; composite copy combining plates from several copies, margins varying in size, the frontispiece without margins and pasted on a modern laid sheet).
Rare first edition of this splendid collection illustrating the various facets of Baroque decoration and architecture, based on the drawings of Giuseppe Galli Bibiena (1696-1757), an Italian architect and painter who was also a theater decorator.
The work consists of  engraved leaves (a frontispiece, the title, the dedication, the portrait of the dedicatee, the emperor Charles VI, engraved by Andreas and Joseph Schmuzer after Martin de Meÿtens),  typographed leaf (address of the author to the readers), and 50 numbered plates in 5 series of 10, engraved on copper, most of them by Johann Andreas Pfeffel, some of them unsigned and a few others by A. J. Schmuzer, L. Zucchi, and Salomon Kleiner.
Modern label on the back cover, from bookbinder Ferdinando Benini in Faenza.
(Fowler 136; Cicognara 431).
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