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VASI, Giuseppe Agostino (1710--1782)
[Itinerario istruttivo diviso in otto stazioni o giornate. French. 1786]
Itinéraire instructif de Rome en faveur des étrangers qui souhaitent connoitre les ouvrages de peinture, de sculputre & d'architecture, & tous les monumens antiques & modernes de cette ville. ... Par le chevalier Joseph Vasi. Cinquieme edition, corrigée, augmentée & enrichie de planches par Mariano Vasi. ...
A Rome de l'imprimerie de Louis Perego Salvioni. Chez l'auteur au Palais Farnese, 1786.
2 vols ; 17.2cm. (12°)
i: [4], iv, 315, [1] p., [9] pl. ( 2 fold.) : [20] illus.
ii: [2], 317--638 p., [6] pl. : [23] illus.

Giuseppe Vasi's Itinerario istruttivo was originally published in 1763, with the French translation first appearing in 1773. After his death in 1782, his son Mariano Vasi took over the business and published a new work in French based on his father's guide, naming it the fifth in the sequence of editions of that work; it was then reprinted in Italian in 1791 (q.v.). For the complicated publishing history of these successful guides to Rome, see BAL Early printed books, no. 3400 notes. The final 4 pages are a catalogue of the works of Vasi. Schudt 336.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page to volume I John Soane 1813. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper Guy Head, a portrait painter who settled in Rome in 1794 and died in 1800 shortly after returning to London. With numerous marginal markings and extensive notes in pencil (not by Soane) on pages 380--381 pertaining to the church of S. Gregorio Papa.

Binding C18th decorated paper boards, printed spine-label. Two volumes bound in one.

Reference Number 3482


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