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Scherzi poetici e pittorici.
Parma: [CoÕTipi Bodonian 1795]. - This work, a collection of poems, is printed in roman and italic. Each poem is illustrated with an allegorical engraving, contained in a different black allegorical border in a simple neo-Classical style. De Rossi (1754) was the author of comedic works and critical essay. He served as president of the Academy of Fine Arts of Portugal and as director of the Royal Academy of Naples. Quarto. 54 leaves. With an engraved title-page and forty plates printed in sepia with black ornamental borders by Jose Texeira Barreto Contemporary stiff vellum, gilt spine with red and black leather spine labels, all edges gilt. Blue marbled endpapers A fine copy in a modern cloth clamshell box. First Bodoni edition and one of the few Bodoni imprints issued with illustrations (the others being fte books). This is a beautiful, wide-margined copy printed on fine paper with the plates in delicate shades of sepia and may be on of twelve copies that Brooks and de Lama refer to as being "colored." De Lama notes copies with plates printed in black, plates "medesimi coloriti all'etrusca," and (like this copy" "altri coi rami stampati in rosso pallido entro un arabesco nero." Updike notes in Printing Types that Bodoni's earlier books such as this one are to be preferred both for their fine design and for their presswork (Vol. II,p. 165). Baretta or Bareto (1763-1810) was a Portuguese Beneductine monk whose was highly regarded. In addition to these engravings he executed many full-scale paintings at his monastery, which still survive. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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