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ACCADEMIA ERCOLANESE
Gli ornati delle pareti ed i pavimenti delle stanze dell'antica Pompei incisi in rame. (... Parte II.)
Napoli dalla stamperia regale, 1796--1808.
2 pts in 1 vol. ; 65.0 cm. (2°)
I: [4] p., [48] pl.
II: [4] p., [48] pl.

According to Friedrich Furchheim, Bibliografia di Pompei Ercolano e Stabia, this work was published under the auspices of the Accademia Ercolanese, established in 1755 by the King of Naples to publish and illustrate the archaeological discoveries made during the excavations of the antiquities buried in the eruption of Vesuvius, chiefly Herculaneum and Pompei, and already responsible for the publication of the Antichità di Ercolano esposte, 1757--92 (q.v.). The first part has a title-page vignette engraved by P. Ant. Piaggio after Camillo Paderni, showing the royal arms in a landscape with ruins and Vesuvius in the background; part II has a vignette of ruins with a human figure in the foreground engraved by Fiorillo after 'PM' (?). The last paragraph of the brief text in part I states that the plates will be published 12 at a time, 6 views of walls and 6 of pavements, at a price of 4 Neapolitan 'carlini' each. The text of part II, largely repeating the same text, promises that if more plates are engraved at a later date, a third part will be added. A copy of the rare third volume containing 13 plates was seen by Furchheim. F. Furchheim, Bibliografia di Pompei Ercolano e Stabia, 2nd ed. (Napoli 1891), p. 67; L. García y García, Nova bibliotheca Pompeiana (Roma 1998), 9997.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on the verso of the front free-endpaper 96 Plates £8:s8:d0 in the hand of the bookseller Thomas Boone, whose cyphers on on the rear free-endpaper. This copy was apparently bound for Caroline Bonaparte (1782--1839), consort of Joachim Murat and Queen of Naples from 1808 to 1815, who did much to stimulate the recovery of the classical treasures of Pompeii and Naples.

Binding C19th full red morocco with elaborately gilt-tooled borders composed of 4 bands of ornament, one consisting of grotesque ornaments incorporating griffons, birds, masks, etc; upper and lower covers with gilt-tooled initial C enclosing the word 'Napoleone', surmounted by a crown, i.e. Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples; gilt-tooled spine, first and eighth compartments with gilt-tooled ornament of musical instruments, second and fifth compartments with gilt-lettered green morocco spine labels, third, fourth, sixth and seventh compartments with gilt-tooled eight-pointed star; dark green Kleisterpapier endpapers; gilt edges.

Reference Number 5575


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