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VANVITELLI, Luigi (1700--1773)
Dichiarazione dei disegni del real palazzo di Caserta alle Sacre Reali Maestà ...
In Napoli nella regia stamperia. 1756.
[4], XIX, [1] p., engr. t.-pl., XIV double-page pl. ; 66.5 cm. (2°)

This magnificently produced publication recording the architect Luigi Vanvitelli's designs for the royal palace at Caserta was financed by King Carlos VII (later King Carlos III of Spain). Although signed in twos, the letterpress was apparently printed a page at a time. The text ends 'Fine Della Prima Parte', suggesting a further part or parts may have been intended, but no more was published. For a full account see BAL, Early printed books, no. 3386.

Copy Notes The work was in Soane's possession by c. 1782, when it was recorded in a MS. list of his library in his 'Notes Italy and Italian Language' (SM Vol 162), pp. 291--287 (q.v.). See P. de la Ruffinière du Prey, John Soane's architectural education (New York and London 1977), appendix B, pp. 354--363, no. 34. Inscribed in ink on verso of front free-endpaper Shelf 7 138 and in a different hand Shelf T, both probably prior to Soane's purchase of the work.

Binding C18th calf, elaborate gilt tooled borders incorporating eagles and bees, gilt-tooled spine with lillies, maroon morocco spine label, blue endpapers. First spine compartment with black spine-label with the gilt-tooled armorial device (25 x 20mm) of a fox sejant on a chapeau turned up of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705--1774). See John Morris and Philip Oldfield, British armorial bindings, s.v. Fox, Henry, 1st Baron Holland, stamp 1. (Accessed 30 August 2012). The library of Stephen, 2nd Baron Holland, was sold at auction in London by S. Christie on 11 December 1775.

Reference Number 5573


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