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TETIUS, HIERONYMUS. - [THE BARBERINI PALACE IN BOOKFORM - GIFT COPY]
Aedes Barberinae ad Quirinalem.
Romae, Excudebat Mascardus, 1642. Folio. Beautiful red full morocco w. richly gilt back. Boards w. gilt ornamental borders, inside which another square gilt border w. a large diamond-shaped border inside, gilt corner-ornamentations. Triple blind-stamped line-borders following the gilt ones (gift-binding). On both boards a centre-ornamentation (weapon?) has been removed (to hide provenance?), revealing beautiful, cont. but vague drawings of angels on both boards, inside the gilt border, surrounding the missing centrepiece. All edges gilt, capitals, hinges and corners professionally restored. Lacking ties. Inside of boards and endpapers w. insect-bites. A cont. owner's name has been removed from top of frontispiece (same provenance as that of the removed weapons?). Some brownspotting and overall wear. Some leaves w. small holes to margins, none affecting illustrations or text. A few of the folded plates w. tears and a few w. repairs. Engr. frontispiece/ t-p., numerous large engr. head- and tail-pieces and initials, engr. text-illustrations, 18 full-page engr. plates and 11 folded engr. plates. (6), 221, (1), (30) pp.. Very scarce first edition, only printed in very few copies, which were probably all given as gift-copies to the Barberini-family and friends, with "Donum auctoris" printed at bottom of title-page. A second enlarged edition appeared in 1647 after the death of Tetius and Pope Urban the VIII, it was printed in much larger numbers and is more common than the first, though still a rarity. "Il a étè réimpr. en 1647, sur plus grand papier; mais on préfère la première é … [Click Below for Full Description]
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