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CIAMPINI, Giovanni Giustino (1633--1698)
De sacris ædificiis a Constantino Magno constructis. Synopsis historica Joannis Ciampini romani ...
Romæ: apud Joannem Jacobum Komarek, 1693.
[16], 217, [3] p., engr. frontis., XXXV pl. (1 fold.) : illus. (wdcut) ; 32.0 cm. (2°)

The unnumbered allegorical frontispiece is repeated from the same author's Vetera monimenta, 1690--1699 (q.v.). The plates are printed on sheets trimmed to the various sizes of the images they contain rather than to that of the format of the book; as a result many single-page or smaller plates are bound-in folded. Plate XXXIII is made up of two sheets joined together and requires multiple folding. BAL, Early printed books, no. 637.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Plate XXVI in unnumbered state. Bought with the copy of Vetera monimenta (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). Earlier ownership signature Smart Lethieullier Rome 17[3]8 on second front free-endpaper. Smart Lethieullier (1701--1760), known as the 'antiquary of Essex', came from a well-known Huguenot family noted in the annals of Essex with estates at Aldersbrook and Little Ilford, dedicatee of J.B. Jackson's Chiaroscuro woodcut of Tintoretto's Massacre of the Innocents, 1745. 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.
Copy 2: 31.3 cm. Plate XXVI in numbered state. With the frontispiece trimmed to border of image and laid down on larger folded sheet. Ownership signature on front free-endpaper Jer. Milles / 1740 i.e. the antiquary and dean of Exeter Jeremiah Milles (1714--1784), and in later pencil 10--6 / many Cuts, with bookseller's codes on pastedowns.
Copy 3: 32.3 cm. Plate XXVI in numbered state. Imperfect; wanting pl. XXXV. Extra-illustrated with pl. XLVI and IL from pt. I of Vetera monimenta, inserted as per engraved page directions at pp. 184 and 200 respectively. Pages 215--6 misbound after p. 212. Frontispiece in a variant state with Lenardi's signature bottom right almost wholly non-printing. This is probably the copy bought from Thomas Boone for 7s. 6d., 5 July 1815, with his price and codes on front free-endpaper. (Spiers Box). Small early ink sketch of a column on second front free-endpaper (first endpaper excised). Ownership signature in ink on title-page Gottl. Schelwig, Dantßc. / Oxon. m. Febr. 1709. / E Biblioth. Bodlei. and in same hand beneath imprint const. 19. Sol; possibly Gottlieb Schelwig (1683--1727) of Danzig who is recorded in Oxford around this time.

Binding Copy 1: Contemporary C17th vellum, short-title in gilt on red leather spine-label 'Ciampin / Vetera / Monime /Par.III.' (i.e. in continuation of the author's Vetera monimenta, 2 parts, 1690--99.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled calf, blind double-ruled borders, recently rebacked retaining original spine, red leather spine-label with short title in gilt.
Copy 3: C18th blind-panelled calf with stamped corner decorations. Short title in gilt on red leather spine-label.

Reference Number 1937


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