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Catalogo delle Storie particolari Civili ed Ecclesiastiche delle Città e de' Luoghi d'Italia, le quali si trovano nella domestica Libreria dei Fratelli Coleti in Vinegia.
xii (the first leaf, a blank, is not present), 328 pp. Large 4to, 19th-cent. half-cloth & marbled boards. [Venice]: Stamperia degli Stessi, 1779. First edition of the "rare" (Taylor) catalogue of the Coleti collection; this is the first catalogue of a private library devoted to Italian local history and includes histories of cities, towns, and small localities and remains of considerable value. Arranged alphabetically under the localities, it has an extensive index of authors which makes it easy to consult. The collection had been started many years before by the scholar Niccolo Coleti (1681-1765), the uncle of Niccolo (d. 1812) and his relative Giovanni Antonio (d. 1818), who were all members of a prominent Venetian family of printers and booksellers which also produced excellent scholars. About 3000 books are listed and each contains information concerning typography, illustration, format, etc. Many of the books are accompanied by valuable annotations. The collection was sold by the heirs in 1834 to the bookseller Gaetano Canciani who, in turn, sold it to "una casa patrizia inglese" (see Ottino & Fumagalli). A note in another copy we have inspected reveals the buyer: Sir Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan, eighth Baronet (1800-79), of Trelowarren, Cornwall, a Tory politician, scientist, and philosopher, who formed a "most choice library."-ODNB. Very good copy. Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ❧ Besterman 3233. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 630-"Ouvrage importante pour la bibliographie des historiens de l'Italie." Nicolini 88. Ottino & Fumagalli 4043-"ricchissima raccolta." Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 136-"a remarkable library...rare." .
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