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CIAMPINI, Giovanni Giustino (1633--1698)
Vetera monimenta, in quibus præcipuè musiva opera sacrarum, profanarumque ædium structura, ac nonnulli antiqui ritus, dissertationibus, iconibusque illustrantur. Joannis Ciampini romani ... Pars prima. (Pars secunda post auctoris obitum evulgata.)
Romæ: ex typographia Joannis Jacobi Komarek Bohemi (Bernabò), 1690. (1699).
2 parts; 32.5 cm. (2°)
Pt 1: [24], 276, [24] p., lxxvii [i.e. 76] pl. (3 fold.): engr. frontis., ill.
Pt 2: [18], 178, [16] p., engr. frontis., lvi [i.e. 54] pl. (3 fold.), [2] tables

Part II imprint: Ex typographia Bernabò. Part II title varies slightly: Vetera monimenta, in quibus præcipuè mvsiva opera sacrarvm, profanarvmq; ædium strvctvra, .... Both parts have the same unnumbered allegorical frontispiece repeated, that in part I being printed as a full-page illustration on f. a1a (which is conjugate with f. a2 in this copy). Engraved by Arnold van Westerhout after a drawing by G.B. Lenardi, this frontispiece depicts a group of four women engaged in drawing, engraving, writing in manuscript and composing type for printing as in the background Time destroys Roman ruins. The same plate was also used as the frontispiece for the author's De sacris ædificiis a Contantino Magno constructis, 1693 (q.v.). The main text is printed in two columns. In Part I, he final leaf in part 1 (leaf Pp4) is blank and pl. LXXIII is printed as an illustration on p. 239. In Part II, pl. XXIV and XXV are printed on one double-page sheet, there is no pl. LV, and pl. LVI is followed by two letterpress tables numbered LVII and LVIII. The BALcopy has four additional unnumbered plates following Part II, pl. XXVI and XXVII; these are not present in this copy. BAL, Early printed books, no. 638.

Copy Notes Bound in two volumes. Bought with a copy of De sacris ædificiis (q.v.) as a 3-volume set for £2 16s. 0d. at the Adam sale. (Christie's, 20--21 May 1818, lot 107; Priv. Corr.XVI.E.3.12). Front free-endpapers in both parts inscribed in ink Smart Lethieullier Rome 1738 / 2 Vols: 6: 2: 5. Smart Lethieullier (1701--1760) was an antiquary known for his large but discriminating collections including his library at Aldersbrook Manor, Essex. With an earlier scored-out signature on title-page to part 2 beneath contemporary ink inscription reading Dolenda Memoria / amantissimi Autoris / cuius anima requiescat / in sempiternum. Amen. An earlier payment of £1 10s. for 'Ciampini' in 3 volumes is also recorded on 2 March 1813 (S.N.B.; Journal 5, p. 102) and may refer to another set no longer in Soane's library.

Binding Contemporary C17th vellum, short-title in gilt on red leather spine-labels.

Reference Number 1938


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