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Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, con disposizinoe di XXV figure intagliate in rame.
Florence 1612 Folio. 24ff.,22ff. lettered plates, two of which fold out and are comprised of multiple sheets. First edition. Illustrated with an elaborate engraved frontispiece portrait of St. Francis surrounded by allegorical symbols and twenty-two plates. Details in each of the plates are labeled with letters, which correspond to explanatory keys on the facing pages. These pages are surrounded by intricate typographic borders and ornamentation. On the morning of the 14th of September, 1224, St. Francis of Assisi received the gift of the Stigmata on the Monte della Vernia in the Tuscan Apennines. This remarkable example of Italian Baroque book illustration is an inspired endeavor to illustrate the experiences of St. Francis, as well as the chapels and churches in the area that had been erected in the 13th and 14th centuries. The copper engravings were cut from drawings by the Veronese painter Jacopo Ligozzi, seven of these (A, C, N, P, U, X and Y) were done by Raphael Sciaminossi and are concerned chiefly with St. Francis's forty days on the mountain. Most of the fifteen unsigned plates show architectural or landscape details. The frontispiece portrait of St. Francis was engraved by Domenico Falcini. Four plates feature six engraved overlay slips, all but one of which are to show differences in the landscape between the early 13th century and 1608: the exception is plate F, which depicts a screen hiding two frescos. Because of the tendency for these little slips to become dislodged, copies with all six overlays present are extremely rare, the last complete copy having been offered for sale in 1983 (the Besterman copy). One leaf loose, several marginal repairs, front pastedown wormed, else a nice, untrimmed copy in contemporary full limp vellum, which shows a few wormholes. With the small embossed stamp of Giannalisa Feltrinelli on the front endpaper.
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