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RICCI, Marco (1676--1729)
Varia Marci Ricci pictoris prestantissimi experimenta ab ipsomet auctore inventa, delineata, atque incisa et a me Carolo Orsolini Veneto incisore in unum collecta nec non varis insig[n]ibus atq: amplissimis viris dicata ac in lucem edita.
Venetiis 1730.
Engr. t.-pl., 20 pl. ; 35.5 x 50.3 cm. (obl. 2°)

Imaginary landscape and genre studies, several with classical ruins, composed and etched by Marco Ricci. Published by Carlo Orsolini following the artist's suicide in 1729. The title-plate was designed by Antonio Visentini. Each plate is signed with Ricci's monogram and carries a separately printed dedication by Orsolini to various Venetian noblemen, presumably in recognition of their patronage of the work.

Copy Notes With a portrait of the artist inserted at the front, engraved by A. Faldoni in 1724 from a painting by Rosalba Carriera in the collection of Consul Joseph Smith. Bound (1) with a suite of etchings after Ricci by Giampiccolo dedicated to Joseph Smith (q.v.), a second suite dedicated to Antonio Maria Zanetti (q.v.) and suite of etchings after Ricci published in 1743 by Davide Antonio Fossati (q.v.). The volume was bought from the Adam Sale, 21 May 1818, lot 92 for £2. (A.T. Bolton, Adam (1922), appendix C, p. 331).

Binding Contemporary C18th half vellum, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Ricci'.

Reference Number 3155


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