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LABRUZZI, Carlo (1765--1818)
Via Appia illvstrata ab vrbe Roma ad Capvam
[London]: [1794].
24 engr. pl. ; 50.5 cm. (obl. 1°)

Title taken from plate 1 'Frontispiece', signed by 'Carlo Labruzzi D.D.' with the artist's dedication to Sir Richard Colt Hoare at whose expense the work was produced; date from ESTC. Hoare, an antiquarian, had set out on 31 October 1789 to trace the Appian Way from Rome to its termination at Brindisi accompanied by Labruzzi as his 'recording' artist, but the expedition ended at Benevento due to the latter's ill health and Hoare returned to England in 1791. Only 24 plates of the proposed series were issued in two numbers, a third being advertised in February 1794 (see ESTC t133194) but apparently never published. See A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand tour: the lure of Italy in the eighteenth century (London 1996), cat. no. 167-169, pp. 219-221. ESTC t133836.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Imperfect; plates 1--12 (i.e. the first number) only. This copy was bought per John Williams at R.H. Evans's sale of John Nash's library, 15--20 July, 1835 (q.v.), lot 459 for £1. (Spiers Box, Purchases through personal friends; Curatorial Papers: Bailey, outsize box 16). Plate 1 inscribed in ink on upper right Malde[n] with final letter lost in trimming. Malden, Surrey is near the site of Worcester Park, a house (now demolished) that was enlarged by Nash for William Taylor (1765--1836) at an uncertain date.
Copy 2: Imperfect; plates 1--12 only. 70.6 cm. Bound (1) with Maria Cosway, Gallery of the Louvre, 1802 (q.v., copy 2). Previously stab-stitched in wrappers, oblong.

Binding Copy 1: C19th half russia, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine lettered 'Via Appia Illustrata'.
Copy 2: C19th blue paper boards, white paper spine lettered in ink 'Views on the Appian Way, La Gallerie du Louvre'.

Reference Number 5561


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