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Marchesi di Saluzzo, by Luigi Passerini. From the "Famiglie Celebri Italiane" ["Famous Italian Families"], by Count Pompeo Litta (1781 – 1852)
1873 - Litta’s great work, Famiglie Celebri Italiane, covered 150 families and ran to a total of 184 Dispensas, which appeared from 1819 to 1883. Only the most notable of noble houses in Italy, those who were especially "famous", or distinguished in some way, were worthy of Litta’s notice. His legacy is a fascinating insight into the military, political and ecclesiastical dynasties of Italy. ~ At the time of Litta’s death in 1852, only 113 Dispensa had been published. Luigi Passerini Orsini de 'Rilli, Federico Odorici and Federico Stefani collaborated to complete the series, with contributions by Francesco di Mauro of Polvica and Costantino Coda (although errors, such as the reversal of colours in coats of arms, occasionally occurred). In 1862, the rights and documents were transferred to Luciano Basadonna, who republished the whole work. ~ In each genealogy, Tavola I has a coloured coat of arms in the upper right-hand corner. The genealogies are inset with brief biographies of the most prominent characters of each of the family. Other items of interest, such as famous portraits (some with tissue guards) and drawings of coins or medals are included. Some Dispensas include maps of territory owned or governed by the families; there are also drawings of castles and other buildings, such as family monuments and tombs, many of which had already been destroyed at the time of publication; thus, these documents are also an important art historical record. ~~~ Marchesi di Saluzzo, by Luigi Passerini. ~ Dispensa 170 (1873) Parte I: Tavola I – VII, double leaf of tissue-guarded full-page drawings of Monumento do Michelantonio Marchese di Saluzzo and Sepolcro di Lodovico II marchese di Saluzzo. ~ Dispensa 171 (1873) Parte II, Tavolo VIII – XV Monete, Medaglie e Busti Saluzzesi. ~ Dispensa 172 (1874) Parte III, Tavolo XVI – XXIV. The front of the wrapper of Dispensa 172 has darkened to a grey colour (through light exposure?). ~ Dispensa 174 (1874) Parte IV, Tavolo XXV – XXVII, Two double leaves of full page drawings of statuary. ~ Dispensa 176 (1874) Parte V, Tavolo XXVIII – XXX, A single leaf of Medaglia e Busto di Diodata Saluzzo. Two double leaf maps with the borders of the family’s lands hand coloured; a double leaf of full-page drawings of Monumento. Size. Each Dispensa is 49 cms tall x 35 cms (70 cms opened). Binding. Unbound, in printed blue paper wrappers (as issued). Condition. Wrappers have wear and tears around the edges and on the fold. Pages are in very good condition, as any wear or soiling is on the page edges; the texts and drawings are clean. Each genealogy (Tavola) and each page of drawings is printed on double-leaf letterpress plates, versos blank; edges are uncut. The left-hand leaf of the Monumento drawings in Dispensa 176 is creased and the edges are creased and dirty. Provenance: Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire, England (from Sotheby's Attic Sale, 5-7 October 2010). We have other Families in this series - please contact us for details. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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