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4to. (323 x 219 mm) , 16, 15, 12 pp. Engraved section title-pages for each of the 3 parts, 116 full-page engraved plates (1-37, 1-46, 1-33). Full modern antique-style speckled calf, blind-stamped covers, raised bands, gilt-stamped black calf spine label. Fine. RARE. FIRST EDITION of this distinguished study of the ancient sepulchral lamps discovered in the tombs and caves of Rome. These lamps are shown in intricately-engraved plates; the plates were designed and engraved by Bartoli, with explanatory notes by Gio Pietro Bellori. Subsequent editions were published in Berlin in 1702 and Rome in 1704, but this first edition contains 12 plates not found in the later editions. Bellori was a prominent biographer of the Italian Baroque artists of the seventeenth century. As an art historian, he was the Baroque equivalent of Giorgio Vasari. "Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1613-1696), an eminent Italian archaeologist, was born at Rome in 1613. From his youth Bellori devoted himself to the study of art and antiquity, in which he was encouraged, and at the outset greatly assisted, by his uncle, Francesco Angeloni, secretary to Cardinal Aldobrandini, himself a good antiquary, and author of an account of the coins of the Roman Emperors, and of the Historia di Terni. Bellori wrote many works of great use in their day and which are still often referred to with advantage... Several of Bellori's works were posthumous; among them may be noticed- Le Antiche Lucerne Sepolcrali..." [The English Cylopaedia, p. 206]. BL Italian, 17th c., p. 820; BM Readex Vol. 22, p. 617; Brunet I, p.759; Graesse p. 330. FULL TITLE: Le Antiche Lucerne Sepolcrali Figurate Raccolte dalle Caue sotterranee, e Grotte di Roma. Nelle quali si contengono molte erudite Memorie. Disegnate, ed intagliate nelle loro forme Da Pietro Santi Bartoli divise in tre parti con l'osservationi di Gio: Pietro Bellori. First Edition.
Title: Le Antiche Lucerne Sepolcrali Figurate Raccolte dalle Caue sotterranee, e Grotte di Roma.
Categories: Ancient Rome,
Publisher: In Roma:, Nella Stamparia di Gio: Francesco Buagni, 1691.: 1691
lbs: 9.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1677
Keywords: Ancient Rome