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Dei Gran Duchi di Toscana della Real Casa de' Medici, protettori delle lettere, e delle belle arti, ragionamenti istorici
Venice: Giovanni Battistia Recurti, 1741. First edition. Hard cover. Fine/A fine specimen of Venetian book arts of the 18th century. The text is basically a vehicle for the nine full-page portraits of Medici dukes by Campiglia, which are highly realized and vivid. Almost as compelling are the views of the major cities of Tuscany engraved by the Venetian book illustrator Giuseppe Filosi (who had "borrowed" the idea from the headpieces by Visentini illustrating the 1738 edition of Guicciardini). The very feel of the paper gives off a sensation of luxury. All collations call for nine portraits, as in this copy, although copies exist with extra plates inserted.. Royal Folio (47cm); [2], xxiv, 192, [14] pages, and 9 full page portraits after Giandomenico Campiglia. Title page in red and black, with complicated allegorical device by Giuseppe Filosi; 8 chapter head pieces by Filosi showing the cities of Tuscany, and 9 tail pieces (some duplicate images) also by Filosi. Engraved initials. Bound in contemporary full vellum over boards, with recent leather title label. Edges stained blue. Very light marginal dampstain in 19th quire, else a bright, crisp, fresh and nearly pristine copy. References: Morazzoni, 217; Brunet (1842) I:314.
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