Descrizione della Palestina.
O Storia del Vangelo. Illustrata coi Monumenti.Milan: Società Tipographia de' Classici Italiani, 1831 Stock Code: 107964
First separate edition, revised and expanded; originally published as part of Ferrario's immense Il costume antico e moderno, issued simultaneously in French and Italian in 143 parts from 1816 to 1834, forming a total of 17 volumes. Remarkably uncommon in this form, with just ten copies in institutional libraries worldwide and just three seen at auction in over 50 years.
Royal octavo (265 x 175 mm). Contemporary Italian tan morocco, covers elaborately blind-stamped with floral corner- and centrepieces, diced central panels, gilt-tooled vine-leaf borders, flat spine richly gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers.
Engraved folding area map, 32 aquatints after Luigi Mayer, of which 31 hand-coloured.
Slightly rubbed overall with a couple of small superficial holes to front joint, folding map foxed and with tear skilfully repaired on verso, pencilled captions in Italian to fore edges of plates, rear free endpaper recto annotated in pencil, the very occasional marginal spot, but an excellent copy, internally crisp and fresh, with wide margins and notably bright plates.
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