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DOLCE, FEDERICO (1766-1849).
DESCRIZIONE DI DUGENTO GEMME ANTICHE NELLE QUALI SI CONTIENE UN SAGGIO DEL VARIO DISEGNO USATO DALLE PIÙ COLTE ANTICHE NAZIONI.
Roma. Antonio Fulgoni. 1792. 5 volumes, quarto 13 x 8 1/2 inches. Handsomely bound in half period calf over marbled boards with twin leather lettering labels and pretty flower and strawberry tooling in compartments. Slight variation to text binding but clearly a set. Some scratching to the marbled paper on the boards. One volume of text (12), 18, 22, 20, 14 pages. Woodcut Papal armorial on the title page and woodcut tailpieces- the text describing in sections the cameos Stile Egizio, 2 Greco, Latino. 4 wooden boxes each containing 50 plaster cameos of antique gems, with a letterpress list of contents pasted to the inside of each cover. A total of 200 fine cameos, complete. Cameos in gilt wooden settings with numbers on the side. All eight of the original clasps to the boxes present. A lovely set of this scarce work. A Grand Tour set- sometimes called dactyliotheca. A fascinating collection of 200 antique cameos produced by Federico Dolce. These were produced as Grand Tour souvenirs by the workshop founded in Rome by Christian Dehn (1696-1770), and continued by his daughter and her husband, and their son Federico Dolce. Dactyliothecae - emerged in the mid-18th century as a convenient form of studying art, and showing off classical art in the form of gemstones. The three dimensions of the gemstone shows the reality of statues and coins much more effectively than a print. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Charles Russell, ABA, ILAB, est 1978 [cirencester, United Kingdom]
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