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FERRERIO, Pietro (1600--1654)
Palazzi di Roma de piv. celebri architetti. Disegnati da Pietro Ferrerio pittore et, architetto. Libro primo. (Nvovi disegni dell'architettvre, e piante dè palazzi di Roma dè più celebri architetti, disegnati, et intagliati da Gio: Battista Falda, ... Libro secondo.)
[Rome]: Si vendeno per Gio. Jacomo Rossi all'insegna di Parigi alla Pace ([Book 2] Dati in luce da Gio: Giacomo Rossi in Roma alla Pace), [1670 or later].
2 vols ; 35.8 x 46.4 cm. (obl. 2°)
I: [42] pl.
II: 61 pl.

The title to 'Libro Primo' is engraved beneath the dedication to Cardinal Antonio Barberini. The title to 'Libro Secondo' is engraved beneath the dedication to Cardinal Camillo Massimi, who was created a cardinal in 1670, providing the terminus post quem for this book in its usual form. The first edition of the work is usually assumed to have been issued around 1655, at which time it consisted of the first book only, with an earlier state of the title-plate before the addition of 'Libro Primo', and the plates in an unnumbered state. However, some of the plates show signs of reworking and may have been previously issued, and it is thought that de' Rossi bought the plates after Ferrerio's death in 1654, hence the imprint naming him only in his capacity as bookseller (rather than publisher). See BAL, Early printed books, no. 1056. The first appearance of 'Libro Secondo' probably dates to after 1670 but before 1684, when the title-plate was copied by Sandrart for Romae antiquae et novae theatrum published in Nürnberg (q.v.). It is usually stated that for the first printing of the second book the plates were already numbered 1--62, and the title-plate to the first was reworked with the addition of 'Libro Primo', Ferrerio's original plates being evidently at first reprinted without being numbered, on a paper matching the plates of the second book (see Soane copies 1 and 2). However, there is some evidence that the 'Libro Secondo' plates were initially issued without a separate title-plate and without numbering, before or around 1670, and before the revision of some captions; see Hugh Pagan Catalogue 42, p. 22, and BAL, Early printed books, Supplement, no. 1057. After Domenico de' Rossi took over from Giovanni Giacomo in 1691, a new impression was issued with the addition of five new plates in 'Libro Primo', two bearing Domenico's imprint line (pl. 44 'Pianta Del Medesimo Collegio Romano' in book I, and pl. 27 'Vedvta Di Dentro Del Palazzo Del Card.le Alessandrino Hoggi ...' in book II), and the suppression of two plates from the earlier impression (the 'Palazzo de SSri. Caffarelli' by Raphael and the 'Palazzo De SSri. Mattei' by Ammanati). This impression is represented by Soane copies 4 and 5, and by the copy described in BAL, Early printed books, no. 1057. However, the Millard copy appears to represent a late seventeenth-century printing of 'Libro Secondo' with the plate numbers erased; see Millard IV, 37. The collation given above describes the work as usually found prior to 1691. For further details of the five copies at the Soane Museum please see the copy notes; a full bibliographical account, however, remains to be done.

Copy Notes Copy 1: With the plates in both books unnumbered and 'Libro Primo' present in the title of book I. This copy is without pl. 27 'Pianta Del Palazzo Della Villa Borghese' plan of the Villa Borghese after Carlo Quadri in book II (see copy 2 below), and has the 'Vedvta ... Del Palazzo Del Card.le Alessandrino Hoggi' (later book I, pl. 27; see copies 4 and 5 below) bound as pl. [46] in Book II. The watermark is a paschal lamb in a single-line circle with initials 'A' and 'N'. - Robert Adam's copy, bound in one volume with a copy of G.B. Falda's Giardini di Roma, 1683 (q.v., copy 4). Inscribed in ink by Soane on front pastedown Mr. Adam's Sale / May 1818 / £1:10:0. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12); 'Palazzi di Roma da Pietro Ferrerio, Roma, 1726' was lot 57 in the first day of the Adam sale (q.v.).
Copy 2: 36.0 x 47.6 cm. With the plates in book I unnumbered and 'Libro Primo' present in the title, and the plates in book II numbered 1--61 (including the title/dedication plate as pl. 1). In this copy pl. 27 in book II is the 'Pianta Del Palazzo Della Villa Borghese', and the view of the court façade of the palazzo of Cardinal Alessandro Hogg's is not present. The watermark is a paschal lamb in a double-line circle with initials 'A' and 'N'. With two plates (numbered 43 and 44) deriving from the Domenico de' Rossi issue of book I (see Soane copies 4 and 5) tipped-in at the end of book 2. (The former, 'Facciata Del Collegio Romano', is also present in its unnumbered state in book I). Bound in one volume, inscribed in pencil on the front pastedown palaces of Rome 1st: & 2d part published by Rossi, and in ink (?) RWms. No: 16; and on free-endpaper The whole 6 books and wanting / pl. 43 & 44. 1st Lib: / & ye 2d 3 & 4 Views of ye Borgesses Palace. The final plates of books I and II inscribed in ink on the verso Dr. Brooks.
Copy 3: 35.8 x 48.0 cm. Book 2 only. With the plates numbered 1--61. The watermark is a paschal lamb in a double-line circle with initials 'A' and 'N'. Bound (1) with a copy of G.B. Falda's Giardini di Roma, [1683?] (q.v., copy 3). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper Palaces in Rome pt 2d. 61 plates / Gardens in Rome - 21 plates ye. 3d. wantg.
Copy 4: 48.7 cm, with the plates bound vertically. Another issue, published by Domenico de' Rossi sometime after 1691, with the plates in book I now numbered 1--44, and Domenico de' Rossi's imprint on pl. 44 in book I and pl. 27 in book II (see bibliographical notes above). With the plates in both books numbered, and with pl. 22 and 23 of the Villa Borghese in Book II pasted together to form one folded plate. Bound (3) with copies of de' Rossi's Insignium templorum (q.v., copy 1) and Disegni di vari altari e cappelle (q.v., copy 4), and Falda's Giardini di Roma (q.v., copy 1). The volume's contents and the numbers of the plates are listed in ink in an earlier English hand on the front free-endpaper, which has the upper fore-edge corner excised as if to remove an ownership inscription. The front pastedown inscribed in ink Cat and in pencil with 1.11.6; booksellers' codes in ink and pencil on the rear endpapers.
Copy 5: 46.7 cm, with the plates bound vertically. Another copy of the Domenico de' Rossi issue with the book I plates numbered 1--44. With pl. 22 and 23 of the Villa Borghese in book II pasted together to form one folded plate. Bound (2) with a copy of Francesco Faraone Aquila's Stylobates columnae Antoninae, with Domenico de' Rossi's imprint line dated 1708 (q.v.). Rear free-endpaper with ownership inscription in ink of Charles C. Cholmondeley / Hodnet / nr Shrewsbury. / 1828. Illegible ownership(?) inscription in ink on front free-endpaper. Front pastedown inscribed in pencil 24.

Binding Copy 1: C18th mottled sheep, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Palazzi E Giardin Di Roma'.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled and blind roll-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label lettered in gilt 'Palatra'.
Copy 3: C18th gilt- and blind-panelled calf, inner and outer panels sprinkled, the middle panel marbled, gilt-tooled spine, maroon morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Palazzi Et Giardin'.
Copy 4: C17th full parchment, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Palazzi. Chiese. E. Altari Di Roma'.
Copy 5: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label reading 'Columna Anto / nina'.

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