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FRANCHETTI, Gaetano
Storia e descrizione del Duomo di Milano esposte da Gaetano Franchetti e corredate di XXX tavole incise.
Milano nella tipografia di Gio. Giuseppe Destefanis, 1821.
[2], 153, [1] p., XXX pl. ; 33.0 cm. (4°).

Engraved medallion on title-page. The first scholarly account of the Duomo, written shortly after the final completion of the façade. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1123.

Copy Notes A large paper copy, unopened. Inscribed in pencil on front paste-down not in any cata. Presented to Soane by the orientalist and collector, Joseph Sams (1784--1860); with an ALs from Sams dated 15/2 1832, from 56, Gr[ea]t Q[uee]n Str[ee]t tipped onto the front pastedown, presenting Soane with a book which might not be possessed. .../ being an account, .../ of the beautiful "Duomo" or Cathedral/ of Milan. This building .../ is without doubt/ one of the most extraordinary, as well as/ most beautiful, in Europe, if not in/ the world. ... A copy of Soane's letter of acknowledgement dated 18 February is in the archive. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.95). Sams wrote to Soane again on 14 February 1833 after a visit to Lincoln's Inn Fields, offering to supply the latter's deficiency of a mummy with one knocked down at [Belzoni's] sale for 200£ together with three Chinese vases, for £150, and suggesting that the / mummy wd. cause no difficulty as to room. Its natural, & / proper situation, is to be placed in the Sarcophagus, ... (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.112).

Binding Original publisher's printed paper boards with printed borders on both covers and printed spine-title 'Storia E Descrizione Del Duomo Di Milano.' The price ('Prezzo Lire 20 Italiane.') printed on the upper board has been rubbed out.

Reference Number 2287


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