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BARTOLI, Pietro Santi (1635--1700)
[Le pitture antiche. Latin. 1750]
Picturae antiquae cryptarum Romanarum, et sepulcri Nasonum delineatae, & expressae ad archetypa a Petro Sancti Bartholi et Francisco ejus filio descriptae vero, & illustratae a Johanne Petro Bellorio et Michaele Angelo Causseo opus Latine redditum, proditque absolutius & exactius cum appendice nunquam edita.
Romae ex typographia Antonii de Rubeis, anno jubilaei 1750.
xii, 110 p., [57] pl. (=95 impressions) : illus. ; 47.7 cm. (2°)

The coppers are numbered in four sequences ('Tabula' I--XXIV, I--XXXV, I--XVI, and I--XIX [i.e. XX]), those in the first three sequences being printed in pairs (except for pl. XXI in the second sequence which is printed full-page). The fourth sequence consists of six double-page plates, twelve printed single-page, and one (pl. XVIII) depicting a single scene (a marriage ceremony) divided between two distinct coppers to form two folding leaves which in some copies are pasted together to form one large plate (cf. copy at British Architectural Library). The second sequence, devoted to the 'Sepulcrum Nasonii', consists of a reprint of the plates of the 1680 edition of Le pitture antiche del Sepolcro de' Nasonii nella Via Flaminia (q.v.); the first and third sequences were added to the enlarged edition of the work published by Pietro Santi Bartoli's son Francesco in 1706; the fourth sequence is new to the present edition. BAL, Early printed books, no. 214.

Copy Notes In this copy the unnumbered half of pl. XVIII in the fourth sequence is bound separately after pl. XIX, making a total of 58 leaves of plates. Bought for £1. 8s. 0d. at Christie's Adam sale (q.v.), 21 May 1818, lot 117. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12).

Binding C18th vellum, gilt-tooled spine, gilt-tooled and red-stained spine-title compartment.

Reference Number 1644


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