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RUGGIERI, Ferdinando (c. 1691--1741)
[Studio d'architettura civile. 1722-1728]
Studio d'architettura civile sopra gli ornamenti di porte, e finestre colle misure, piante, modini, e profili, tratte da alcune fabbriche insigni di Firenze erette col disegno de' piu' celebri architetti opera misurata, disegnata, e intagliata da Ferdinando Ruggieri architetto ... Parte prima (seconda, terza)
Firenze nella stamperia Reale presso Gio: Gaetano Tartini, e Santi Franchi, 1722 (1724, 1728).
3 pts ; 46.5 cm. (2º)
I: [6] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., 80 pl.
II: [6] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., 80 pl.
III: [6], engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., 77 pl.

The title-plates of the three parts are printed from separate coppers with almost identical wording except for the name of the dedication and the part number. The plates were evidently printed in small impressions as demand arose, and later issues include a map dated 1731, which was formally incorporated into the expanded 1755 edition in four volumes (q.v.). All 237 illustrative plates were etched and engraved by Ferdinando Ruggieri after his own measured drawings. Ruggieri's labour of love was inspired by the more commercially produced three large folio volumes of Studio d'architettura civile sopra gli ornamenti di porte e finestre ... di Roma published between 1702 and 1722 by Domenico de' Rossi. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2877.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Imperfect; volume II wanting the dedication to 'Altezza Elettorale'. Bound three parts in two volumes, with part III bound (1) with Domenico Valesi, Varie Fabriche antiche, e moderne della città di Verona, 1753 (q.v.). Sir William Chambers's copy, with his name inscribed on the title-plates and critical comments in French inscribed in ink in the margins of several plates in each volume, with the fore-edges of the leaves incised to form folded tabs to mark the annotations. The title-plate to part I additionally inscribed by Chambers Cost 11 Rom Crowns; similar inscription in pencil on the title-plate to part III. Volume I inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper with bookseller's price 3 tom in 2 2.12.6.
Copy 2: 42.9 cm. Robert Adam's copy with his name inscribed in ink on the title-plate of each volume. The work is not listed in Christie's catalogue of the Adam sale (q.v.), and this copy, later rebound in one volume, may be the one bought by Soane in '3 t.' from Priestley and Weale, as item 918 of an unidentified catalogue for 3 guineas on 24 May 1826. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.9).

Binding Copy 1: C18th half marbled calf, yellow paper boards, stained and gilt-tooled spine-title compartments.
Copy 2: Later C19th half maroon morocco, red grained cloth, marbled edges and endpapers. Bound three volumes in one by George Richmond for £1 10s. 0d., 2 September 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel1).

Reference Number 3251


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