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Bayardi : Catalogo degli antichi monumenti dis-sotterrati dalla discoperta cittá di Ercolano. Naples 1755
First Catalogue Raisonné of the Roman Antiquities excavated at Herculaneum
Royal Press, 1755. Bayardi, Ottavio Antonio. Catalogo degli antichi monumenti dis- sotterrati dalla discoperta cittá di Ercolano per ordine della Maestá di Carlo Re delle due Sicilie. Naples, Royal Press, 1755. Large folio. Half title + title + xxii + 447 + [1 blank]p. Title with large allegorical engraved vignette incorporating royal arms by P. Ant. Piaggio after Camillo Paderni, preface with large engraved head and tail piece and 1 large engraved initial. Contemporary bords backed in antiqued calf. The first attempt at listing the archaeological remains of Herculaneum, discovered by accident in 1750 on digging a well- shaft. The learned prelate and royal councillor Bayardi (1695-1764) was commissioned by an excited King Carlo III of Naples to carry out the monumental task of examining all buildings, monuments, artifacts and inscriptions excavated at Herculaneum and Pompei. The Catalogue, luxuriously published on thick paper as a first volume, was never completed. It provides a pre- liminary listing of all artifacts found to date, and precedes the Antichita di Ercolano published 1757-1792 in 8 volumes under the auspices of the Herculean Accademy also founded in 1755. In the end, Bayardi only edited the first 3 volumes of the An- tichita, as he was dismissed by his impatient king for making slow progress. Light waterstain in inner blank tail margin of first quire, some light foxing, but generally a good copy. Berlin Katalog 3947; Blackmer 97; Cicognara 2645. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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