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NOLLI, Carlo (d. 1770)
Dell'Arco Trajano in Benevento inciso, e posto in luce da Carlo Nolli nell'anno MDCCLXX in Napoli.
In Napoli posto in luce da Carlo Nolli, 1770.
Engr. dedic., 4 pl. of engr. text, VIII engr. pl. ; 48.3 cm. (2°)

The title (which includes the imprint) is taken from the drop-head title on plate 1 of the engraved text. The engraved dedication is to Sir William Hamilton. Eight plates engraved by Nolli from drawings by Giuseppe Piermarini, with introductory engraved text by Nolli. Soane visited Benevento in spring 1779 and recommended it to an anonymous friend before returning to England. (Priv. Corr. XIV.B.1.11; transcribed in Du Prey, John Soane's architectural education, New York, 1977, pp. 374-6). Two copies are now present in the Soane Museum; a third copy, inscribed in ink on the title-plate J. Soan, Naples 1779 and with some annotations and a measured sketch in pencil, was evidently acquired by Soane during his grand tour but disposed of by him, possibly before his return to England and almost certainly prior to 1783 when he began to add the final 'e' to his surname. This third copy was offered for sale by Sotheby's in London, 6 May 2010, lot 35: we are grateful to Anthony Verschoyle for bringing it to our attention. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2310.

Copy Notes One of the two copies now present in the Soane Museum was purchased at the Adam Sale, 21 May 1818 (q.v.), lot 136. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12).
Copy 2: 46.8 cm. Bound (1) with copies of Lorenzo Capponi, Pianta e spaccato del nuovo teatro di Bologna, 1771 (q.v.); Cosimo Morelli's Pianta, e spaccato del nuovo teatro d'Imola, 1780 (q.v.); and George Vertue's first suite of engravings of Gibbs's Bibliotheca Radcliffiana, 1737 (q.v.). Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper Binding 12s-, probably in Soane's hand, suggesting he may have arranged for these works to be bound together.

Binding Copy 1: C18th quarter plain paper, limp paper covers.
Copy 2: C19th half sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, red leather spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Trajan's Arch / Italian Theatres'.

Reference Number 2889


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