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Les plus beaux Ã©difices de Rome moderne - BARBAULT, J[ean] - 1763. 
Rome Bouchard & Gravier 1763 - First edition. Large folio (51 x 40 cm). Engraved title-page [2pp] advertisement, 72pp, 44 engraved double-page plates, all captioned in Italian and French, 21 text engravings,large engraved plan of the Gran Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano bound in before title-page some very minor spotting throughout, some repairs to the tears to folds, few restored marginal defects, repaired tears to last two text leaves. Small stamp to title. All plates and text leaves mounted on new guards. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, restored and repaired. Jean Barbault ( 1718-1762) was a French artist working in Rome. He was part of the circle of artists which included Piranesi, Duflos and Legeay and contributed to Piranesi's "Vedute di Roma" and also collaborated on "Antichita romane". His work was extremely successful and though influenced heavily by Piranesi, he is an impressive and energetic topographical artist in his own right. "Barbault's presentation of views and fragments of ancient sculpture are extraordinarily tactile and appealing" (Millard). This work contains impressive views of important churches, places, palaces, fountains and bridges of Renaissance and Baroque Rome. Each plate is accompanied by an extensive and informative text which included a history of each building. The high quality plates were made by Domenico Montagi and an entire team of engravers. There was a later edition of this work published in 1773 by Bourchard but this lacked the text and the quality of the engravings is inferior. Fowler 37, Millard: Italian and Spanish Books, p. 41. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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