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FALDA, Giovanni Battista (1648--1678)
Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze, e lvoghi pvblici della città, con li loro prospetti, come sono al presente. Disegnate, et intagliate da Gio: Battista Falda. ... Libro primo. ([Part 2:] Le fontane delle ville di Frascati, nel Tvscvlano, con li loro prospetti, parte seconda, disegnate, et intagliate da Gio: Battista Falda. [Part 3:] Le fontane. ne'. palazzi. e ne'. giardini di. Roma. con. li. loro. prospetti. et. ornamenti. disegnate. ed. intagliate. da Gio. Francesco Ventvrini. Parte. terza. [Part 4:] Le fontane del giardino Estense in Tivoli con li loro prospetti, e vedvte della cascata del fivme Aniene disegnate, et intagliate da Gio: Francesco Venturini parte quarta)
[Roma]: Date in luce con direttione, e cura da Gio: Giacomo de' Rossi, dalle sue stampe in Roma alla Pace, [1675--ca. 1685].
4 pts in 1 vol. ; 27.8 x 41.8 cm. (obl. 2º)
I: 33 engr. pl.
II: 18 engr. pl.
III: 28 engr. pl. (1 fold.)
IV: 28 engr. pl. (1 fold.)

For the dating of the four parts, which continued to be sold well into the nineteenth century, see notes to BAL catalogue; the approximate dates of publication are 1675, 1676, 1684 and 1685. The earliest impressions can be distinguished by the absence of plate numbers, which seem not to have been added until the title-plate of part I was dated 1691; an earlier state of the title-plates has the border rules in thick line only, later altered to thick-thin line. However, contrary to what is indicated in the BAL catalogue, all four copies in the Soane Museum have the plates of all four parts in the numbered state, and all four copies have the title-plates to parts I and III with thick-thin border rules, and parts II and IV with thick border rules. The part II dedication plate is found in two states, the earlier reading '... Monsig. Gio. Francesco Negroni Chierico ...' being altered to read 'Il Sigr. Card. Gio: Franco. Negroni' after Negroni became a cardinal in September 1686 and probably before 1687; all four Soane copies have the latter. Most of the plates of part II (except for pl. 7 engraved by Ludovicus Rouhier and plates 23--26 by Falda) and all the plates of part IV were drawn and engraved by Giovanni Francesco Venturini (ca. 1650--1710). BAL, Early printed books, no. 1014.

Copy Notes One copy oblong folio (presumably copy 1 or 2) was bought from Thomas Boone for £2, 20 February 1829. (Spiers Box).
Copy 1: Parts I, II and IV are printed on sheets with a fleur-de-lys watermark within a double-line circle. The volume, in a fine red morocco binding, is inscribed in ink on the verso of the first front free-endpaper TB. 368 and Richard Simmons, Albany, and on the rear free-endpaper Cardinal du Bois / Nos L V-k. Dubois' library was sold in 1725. See Biblioteca Duboisiana, ou, Catalogue de la bibliotheque de feu Son Eminence Monseigneur le cardinal Du Bois, recueillie ci devant par Monsieur l'abbe Bignon, La Haye, 1725, items 3120--3123. The Cardinal himself had acquired his library from the Abbé Bignon, Royal Librarian at the Bibliothèque nationale until 1741. The Duboisiana had been bought by the Scottish financier John Law (1671--1729), (who introduced bank notes to France in 1716 and subsequently became Controller General and Superintendent General of Finance) but because of the collapse of the 'Mississippi Bubble' and the depression following the 'South Sea Bubble' he did not hold it for long.
Copy 2: 27.9 x 41.9 cm. Trimmed bookplate of John, Earl of Bute laid down on verso of part I title-page. The watermarks are indistinct.
Copy 3: 27.5 x 42.0 cm. This copy is printed on paper with the watermark of the Camera Apostolica and must therefore date to after the Calcografia Camerale's acquisition of Domenico de' Rossi's stock and plates in 1738. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper 4 Liures fonta et Giar. [illegible] 7:60 velie. Plates in Book I bound out of order. Bought at the second day of Christie's Adam sale (q.v.), 21 May 1818, lot 120 (together with Falda's Il nuovo teatro delle fabriche ... di Roma, q.v.) for 2 guineas. The sale catalogue dates this work to '1700'. (A.T. Bolton, Adam, II, Appendix C, p. 332 and Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12).
Copy 4: 41.9 cm. With the plates bound vertically. The paper has a fleur-de-lys watermark within a single-line circle with 'CB' suspended below. Ownership inscription and additional inscription [illegible] No: 4 on front free-endpaper rubbed out.

Binding Copy 1: C18th full red morocco, gilt triple-line borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments with corner ornaments and central lozenge, black morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Fontane / Di Roma / Frascati / E' Tivoli', gilt edges, marbled end-papers.
Copy 2: C18th red calf, gilt triple-rule borders, gilt-tooled spine, spine label gilt-lettered 'Fontane / Di / Roma', marbled fore-edges.
Copy 3: C18th vellum, gilt-tooled spine with red-stained spine-title compartment gilt-lettered 'Falda / Fontane / Di / Roma'.
Copy 4: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spine, spine-label gilt-lettered 'Le / Fontane / Di Roma'.

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