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1715. Hardcover. Third edition of this magnificent book that, despite its title, describes the building of St. Peter's Basilica, based on the plans of Michelangelo, illustrated by gorgeous and detailed plates of his plans for the interior and exterior. The first edition appeared in 1696. This edition has seven additional plates. The author, Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723) was an important Jesuit scholar. His many works included treatises on fields ranging from anatomy to music. He created the earliest practical illustrated guide for shell collectors in 1681, for which he is considered a founder of conchology. He also published a study of lacquer that has been of lasting value since his death. This book comprises 36 chapters with 92 plates. The plates are numbered 1-86; however, two plates have multiples with the same number and there are actually 92 total plates.The plates are stunning. Many were engraved by the famed Hieronymus Frezza, Arnoldo Van Westerhout, or Alexander Specchi. There are illustrations of architectural renderings, statuary, sepulchres, doorways, the Vatican Palace, and much more. Bound in contemporary vellum with red leather spine label. The vellum is soiled, stained and bumped, and the spine label is chipped. As is typical with vellum, the front board curls out. The title page is lightly foxed, as are a few text pages, but the rest of the interior pages and plates are in very good to near fine condition. Notable is that none of the several fold-out plates has any damage as is often the case with fold-out illustrations and maps. A treasure of a book. Folio measuring 14.5 x 9.25 inches. 218 pages plus plates. ARCH/011621. Very Good.
Banca Popolare di Verona, 1983. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and embossed emblems to front boards. Pristine interiors filled with black and white photographic illustrations. Blue dust jackets with white titles to spines and front panels of jackets. Light wear to edges of jackets. Also, the plastic film covering the jackets has pulled up a little on the spines of both volumes. Text in Italian. A scarce set in excellent condition. 626 pages. ITA/042508 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine in Near Fine Dust Jackets.
Banca Popolare di Verona, (1982). Hardcover. TWO VOLUME SET. 4to. Volume I is the 9th-17th centuries and Volume II is the 18th-20th centuries. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Minor rubbing to spine ends of both volumes and Light bumping to corners. Both volumes have a small bump to the bottom edge of the front board and a small and light scratch to the bottom edge of the text block. Very very slight, barely noticeable yellowing to the edges of the pages. Else is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout. Dark blue illustrated dust jackets with white titles to front and spine panels. One small closed tear to bottom edge of front dust jacket panel on volume I corresponding with the bump on the board. Slight rubbing to edges of dust jackets. TEXT IN ITALIAN. Italian History. ITAHIS01/092199. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Milano: Edizioni D'arte Amilcare Pizzi, 1952. Hardcover. 8vo. Beige paper covered boards with orange title to front board. IN ITALIAN. Filled with plates, some of which are in color. Color illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel and brown title to spine. Several chips to edges of jacket. Unpaginated. ITAHIS/080706. Very Good in Very good Minus dj.
Bari: Laterza & Figli, 1926. Hardcover. Very good in 3/4 leather with gilt lettering and tan cloth boards. Lettering on spine is a bit faded; some fraying along interior front hinge. Brown paste paper endpages. A few chips to leather. Previous owner's inscription on half title. Italian History. Minor browning to endpages, else the interior is clean. 75 pages. ITH1/3140 Italian History. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Hardcover. The The Borzoi Pocket Book Series. 16mo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with black illustration to front board and title to spine. Interior is clean and bright. in very good- illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust includes chipping to edges, fading and browning. Dust jacket is in protective plastic sleeve. 215 pages. Italian Biography. ITA/1303. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
New York: Croscup & Sterling Co, 1897. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Florentine" Edition. Limited and numbered extra-illustrated edition. Number 48 of 100. 8vo. 3/4 red maroon leather with marble paper covered boards. Minor chip to head of spine. 2 inch tear to leather at front hinge though binding remains tight. Rubbing and bumping to corners. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with beautiful illustrations throughout. Several unopened pages. Marbled end pages. 319 pages. We have 4 other titles from this series in matching binding. Italian History. ITA/011419. Very Good.
New York: Croscup & Sterling Co, 1897. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Florentine" Edition. Limited and numbered extra-illustrated edition. Number 48 of 100. 8vo. 3/4 red maroon leather with marble paper covered boards. Minor chip to head of spine and corner of rear board. 1 inch tear to leather at front hinge. Rubbing and bumping to corners. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with beautiful illustrations throughout. Marbled end pages. 399 pages. We have 4 other titles from this series in matching binding. Italian History. ITA/011319. Very Good.