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CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727--1785)
A collection of prints after the sketches and drawings of the late celebrated Giovanni Battista Cipriani, Esqr. R.A. Engraved by Mr. Richard Earlom.
[London]: publish'd ... by John & Josiah Boydell, [1789].
[2] p., engr. frontis. port., engr. t.-pl., [50] pl. ; 51.0 cm. (2°)

Engraved title (pl. 1). With 'A Catalogue Of The Prints Contained In This Collection ...' on a single leaf of letterpress dated as 'Published September 1st, 1789'. The plates, which were originally issued serially (the earliest being dated 1 September 1786), are numbered 1--48 bottom centre; plates [49] and [50] are numbered XII and XIII, presumably owing to previous or simultaneous publication in a different work. The majority are sepia aquatints in imitation of pen-and-wash drawings. Plates 6, 30 and 41 are stipple-engravings printed in two colours in imitation of chalk. ESTC n55069.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting plates 13, 18, 22, 23, 27, 29, 34, 44, 45, 46, and 47. The 'Catalogue' is here bound after the engraved title. The front pastedown inscribed in pencil 4/4/0 Incomplete and in a different hand £2-2-0/. The rear pastedown inscribed in pencil with various cyphers.

Binding C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1941


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