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Title:
Gemmæ Antiquæ Litteratæ, Allæquæ Rariores. Accesserunt Vetera Monumenta Ejusdem ætate reperta, Quorum ipse in suis Commentariis mentionem facis. Omnia Collecta, Adnotationibus, Et Declarationibus...

Author:
Ficoroni, Francesco de'

Place:
Rome

Publisher:
Sumptibus Venantii Monaldini Bibliopolæ

Date:
1757

Description:
xii, 160 pp. + [26] plates (4 folding). Illustrated with 26 copper-engraved plates, 4 of which are folding; copper head & tail pieces, initials and device to title-page. 10¾x8, new binding in quarter maroon polished calf-backed batik boards with green, gilt and red colors, spine lettered in gilt, new endpapers; bound by John Sinkankas with his initials in gilt to front cover. First Edition. An important and early work on gems and minerals by Francesco de' Ficoroni (1664-1747), who is best known for his book on comic masks. Sinkankas notes that "The first text part depicts inscribed gems on 8 plates and describes 67 unusual engraved gems on 11 plates. The gems are shown magnified but accompanied by small outlines of actual dimensions. Several phallic gems noted by Goodland, p. 200. Vinet 1627. One of the folding plates...shows a lively scene in the Campo Marzo, Rome, during the erection of an Egyptian obelisk. [The artist] Nicolo Galeotti (1692-1758) was a Jesuit from a noble house of Pisa." Pages and plates washed and edge trimmed. Bookplate from the library of John Sinkankas to front pastedown. Sinkankas 2088.

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Condition:
Moderate aging to pages, else an extremely clean and bright copy; a finely rebound copy.


 
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118357
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