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A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.


THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.


References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

“The Grand Tour” - The First Printed Guide Book of The Vatican Museums - Printed on Blue Paper

VATICAN MUSEUMS [Clement XIV, Pope (reg. 1769-1774); Pius VI, Pope (reg. 1775-1799)] Massi, Pasquale, da Cesena
Indicazione Antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano, stesa da Pasquale Mass Cesenate Custode del Museo Stesso/ Catalogue Indicatif des Antiquitès Composant Le Musèe Pie-Clèmentin au Vatican par Paschal Massi de Cesèns Garde du dit Musèe.

Rome: Presso Lazzarini, 1792

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.8 cm. [4] 216 pp. Collation: [ ]2, a-m8, n12 (the first leaf [ ]1 is a blank and is present)


The Museo Pio-Clementino was the first major curatorial museum within what are known today collectively as the Vatican Museums. In 1771, Pope Clement XIV had Michelangelo Simonetti adapt the Belvedere Pavilion to accommodate the papal collection of ancient art. When Clement’s successor, the avid art collector Pius VI, was elevated to the pontificate in 1775, the pace of acquisition increased dramatically and very soon the collections outgrew the rooms arranged for them by Simonetti.


Cicognara 3408

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.


First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.


Wheeler Gift 554

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador


Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….


ESTC T92902

San Martino's Simple Microscope Described

MICROSCOPES. OPTICS. Lupieri, Giuseppe Maria (1748-1805)
Del Microscopio Memoria.

Vicenza: "Nella Stamperia Turra," 1784

Large octavo: 20 x 14 cm. XVI, 140, [2] p. With a folding engraved plate.


A very rare work by the Italian physician Giuseppe Maria Lupieri describing the simple microscope created by his friend Giambattista Pasinato da San Martino di Lupari (1739-1800). Lupieri gives detailed instructions for using the microscope and includes a folding engraving showing the constituent elements of the instrument. Lupieri's account is prefaced by a brief history of the microscope.

San Martino was a renowned naturalist and a member of numerous prestigious scientific academies, including the Accademia Nazionale dei XL, and those of Florence, Bologna, and Milan.


Blake 280; Riccardi II, 60

The Grand Tour. 18th c. Views of Rome by Piranesi’s Pupil

ROME. Cassini, Giovanni Maria (1745-1824)
Nuova raccolta delle megliori vedute antiche et moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giovanni Cassini.

Rome: Venanzio Monaldini, 1779

Oblong folio: 27 x 40.5 cm. Engraved allegorical title, dedication leaf, index, and 80 engraved plates.


First edition of these elegant views of Roman monuments by the engraver Giovanni Maria Cassini, who learned his craft from none other than Giambattista Piranesi, and who would go on to win fame as an important map and globe-maker. In the “Nuova raccolta”, Cassini includes a view of Santa Maria Del Priorato (pl. 13), one of the very few architectural designs of Piranesi to come to fruition, and a church considered to be the first Neoclassical building in Rome.


Cicognara 3657; Millard, Italian No. 30

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.


In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.


Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

A Fantastic Florentine Spectacle: The Victory of the Persian Warrior-Queen Tomyris over Cyrus the Great of Persia

LA VITTORIA DI TOMIRI REGINA DEI MASSAGETI riportata sopra di Ciro primo re di Persia battaglia da rappresentarsi in Firenze sulla piazza di S. Croce da un numero di circa 600. giovani cittadini in aggiunta alle grandiose feste solite farsi in questa città per la Natività del gloriosissimo protettore S. Giovanni Battista nel corrente anno 1772.

Florence: nella stamp. di S.A.R. per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1772

Quarto: 24 p. With a folding engraved plate.


Extremely rare: Only 2 copies worldwide recorded outside of Italy, neither of them in North America.

A description of a spectacle staged at Florence in June and July 1772, on the occasion of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. The main event took the form of a mock battle in Piazza S. Croce with allegorical floats, horses, camels, and two armies made up of over 600 men in costumes designed by Francesco Mainero.


Moreni I, p. 377

The Monuments & Art of Roman Italy - With 166 Engravings - A Companion to Barbault’s “Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne” - Barbault’s Rarest Work

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Recueil De Divers Monumens Anciens Répandus En Plusieurs Endroits De L'Italie. Dessinés Par Feu Monsieur Barbault Peintre Pensionnaire Du Roi A Rome, Et Gravé En 166 Planches Avec Leur Explication Historique Pour Servir De Suite Aux Monuments De Rome Ancienne.

Rome: Chez Bouchard & Gravier Libraires françois rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, 1770

Large Folio: 52 x 38.5 cm. [6], 54 pages, 104 plates. The book is composed of large bi-folia, many comprising a large printed plate of engravings and a text leaf. The plates are not tipped-in or mounted on guards; they are integral to the sewn gatherings.


Intended as a companion to Barbault’s “Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne”(1761), the “Recueil De Divers Monumens Anciens”(1770) is Barbault’s rarest work. As with the “Monumens Anciens”, the “Recueil” comprises engravings and descriptions of ancient Roman architecture, monuments, and sculpture.


RIBA, Early printed books, 1 (1994), 185; Rossetti G-1254

The First Edition of Catherine Jemmat's Poems

Jemmat, Catherine (1714-1766)
Miscellanies, in prose and verse. By Mrs. Catherine Jemmat. Daughter of the late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth, and Author of her own Memoirs.

London: Printed for the author, 1766

Quarto: [16], 28 ,33-227, [1]p. Collation: a-d2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Lll2


First edition of this collection by the diarist Catherine Jemmat. Jemmat tells us that some of the poems were supplied by friends, and there is as yet no scholarly consensus on which poems may be confidently ascribed to her. Yet a number of the poems and the essays seem to reflect aspects of Jemmat's own difficult life. She suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father and husband, and was forced to write in order to support herself and her young daughter.


ESTC T39452

Magnificent Views of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Rome. A Masterpiece By Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762); Montagù, Domenico (d. 1767)
Les Plus Beaux Édifices De Rome Moderne, Ou Recueíl Des Plus Belles Vües Des Principales Églises, Places, Palais, Fontaines &c. Qui Sont Dans Rome Dessinées Par Jean Barbault Peintre, Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravées en XLIV. Grandes Planches et Plusieurs Vignettes; Par D’Habiles Maitres. Avec La Description Historique De Chaque Edifice.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires françois rüe du Cours près l’Eglise de S. Marcel, de l 1763

Large Folio: 53.5 x 40 cm. [vi], 72 pp. Collation: [π]3, A-Z1, Aa-.Nn1. With 44 double-paged plates. Complete.


The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views of the ancient city appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi; the present work on “Rome Moderne” appeared two years later, the year that Barbault died.


Berlin Catalogue 2712; Millard IV, 14; Not in Fowler

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.


The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.


La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

“The Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.


This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).


Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.

With Descriptions of 279 Gems and Stones

MINERALOGY. Leonardi, Camillo (1451-1550)
The mirror of stones: In which the nature, generation, properties, virtues and various species of more than 200 different jewels, precious and rare stones, are distinctly described. Also certain and insallible rules to know the good from the bad, how to prove their genuineness, and to distinguish the real from counterseits. Extracted from the works of Aristotle, Pliny, Isiodorus, Dionysius Alexandrinus, Albertus Magnus, &c. By Camillus Leonardus, M.D. a treatise of infinite use, not only to jewellers, lapidaries, and merchants who trade in them, but to the nobility and gentry, who purchase them either for curiosity, use, or ornament. Dedicated by the author to Csar Borgia. Now first translated into English.

London: printed for J. Freeman in Fleet street, 1750

Octavo: 17.2 x 11 cm. xiv, 15-119, 200-240p. Collation: A-K8. Complete.


First English edition of Leonardi's " Speculum lapidum"(1502), "The first original work on stones, gems, and minerals conceived after more than two centuries of silence by the scientists, but certainly not of neglect by the wealthy ones. Leonardi’s work, composed of three books written sometime between 1480 and 1500, describes all the stones he could find reference to, mostly drawing information from Pliny, but also from many other sources, especially the Arab ones mediated by the late medieval authors.


ISTC T146554; Thorndike, History of Magic, 1923-58: 6, 298-302; Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 3896

The First Three-Volume Guide Book to Ancient & “Modern” Rome. In Contemporary Bindings

ROME. Roisecco, Gregorio (18th c.)
Roma Antica, e Moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni tanto sagri, quanto profani della città di Roma: formata con l’autorità del Cardinale Baronio, Ciacconio, Bosio, Panciroli, Marliani, Panvinio… Abbellita con duecento, e più figure di rame e con curiose notizie istoriche. Distinta in 14 rioni secondo l’ultimo dipartimento fattone per comandamento di N.S.Benedetto XIV.. felicemente regnante. Divisa in tre tomi.

Rome: Gregorio Roisecco mercante di libri in Piazza Navona nella stamperia Puccinelli, 1750

Octavo: 3 volumes: 16.5 x 11 cm.


A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. In addition to the 3 engraved title pages, the 2 folding engraved maps, and the 29 folding engraved plates, the three volumes are illustrated with 158 engravings in the text. (Vol. I with 82, Vol. II with 68, Vol. III with 8.)This publication marks the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome.


Fossati Bellani 704; Olschki Choix 17963; Schudt 207

A Beautiful Copy of "One of the Most Exquisitely Illustrated Astronomical Works Ever Printed” -Kenney

Marinoni, Giovanni Jacopo de (1676-1755)
De Astronomica Specula Domestica et Organico Apparatu Astronomico.

Vienna: Leopold J. Kaliwoda, 1745

Folio: 36.6 x 25.4 cm [12] ff., 210 pp., [1] f. Collation: [a]2, b-d2, )(2, )()(2, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Including an engraved frontispiece signed Sedlmayr after Bertoli and a title printed in red and black. The text is illustrated with 17 half- to full-page engravings and 43 added engraved folding plates. Complete.


First edition of this lavishly illustrated description of Marinoni's astronomical observatory in Vienna and its instruments, including the astronomer's numerous telescopes, the (fixed) mural quadrant, the quadrant "ampliatus" and the position micrometer, with its screws, indices and two-lens telescope. One of Marinoni's micrometers, a gift to Eustachio Manfredi, the first Director of the Bologna Observatory, was used by the Bolognese astronomers to observe the transit of Venus in 1761.


Kenny, Catalogue of Rare Astronomical Books, p. 200 (1745); Riccardi I.119; Poggendorff II, 53; Lalande 426; Mayer II, 27; see Zinner, Astronom. Instrumente, 206 and 437; Turner, Early Scientific Instruments. Europe 1400-1800, p. 223: "a remarkable collection of equipment".

The Type-Facsimile of the Codex Mediceus - A Superb Specimen, The Sheets Uncut and Never Sewn

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.)
P. Vergili Maronis Codex antiquissimus... in Bibliotheca Mediceo-Laurentiana adservatur ...

Florence: typis Mannianis, 1741

Quarto: 24 x 18.5 cm. Engraved frontispiece, half-title, xxxv (including title page), (1), 459, (1).


A SPECTACULAR COPY still in sheets folded but UNCUT AND NEVER SEWN and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. This copy offers a valuable opportunity to study the printing, composition, proofing, and correcting of this edition. A number of signatures have cancels and, in addition to the cancels, there are a number of single leaves. Because the book is not sewn, it is possible to investigate, among other things, which of the single leaves and cancels were printed together on the same sheet and, since many of the single leaves are printed in red and black, to explore the complexities of and strategies for printing a book in two colors.


Reynolds, Texts and Transmission. A Survey of the Latin Classics (1983) 433; Updike I, p. 171 and plate 120). Graesse VI/2, p. 341; Dibdin II, p. 551.

Pregnant for 14 Years

Relation d'une Grossesse prodigieuse d'une femme de Turin.

Turin: Chez Alexandre Vimercati Imprimeur du S. Office, Ce vend à Turin chez Reycends, & Guilbert Libraires dessous les Arcades de Place Chateau. 1728

Quarto: [4] pp.


Extremely rare. No other copy traced. The remarkable account of a Marie Marguerite of Galarà, who for fourteen years had an unborn child lodged within her. It was only possible to remove the fetus after Marie's death. The book includes an account of the autopsy and a detailed description of the fetus, which was found, miraculously, perfectly preserved, as if it had been dead only a few hours.


The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38.5 x 24 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4; ) () (2, )( )( )(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()( 6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, *4, **2, a6.


A complete three-volume copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).


Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.

A Beautiful 2 Volume Guide to Ancient, Renaissance, & Baroque Rome - Bound in Matching Contemporary Bindings

Descrizione di Roma Antica Formata Novamente Con le Auttorità, Di Bartolomeo Marliani, Onofrio Panvinio, Alessandro Donati,e Famiano Nardini, e d’altri celebri Scrittori antichi,& Antiquarii moderni, accennati nella lettera al Lettore: Nella quale si discorre, degli’ Aquedotti, Archi, Basiliche, Circhi, Colonne, Curie, Fori, Librarie, Naumachie, Obeleschi, Palazzi, Tempii, Terme, Vie, & altri famosi Edifici. Accresciuta di moltissime Figure in Rame, di varie Medaglie, di curiose Notizie Istoriche, e della Cronologia di tutti gli Re, Consoli, e Imperadori Romani. Tomo I. Descrizione di Roma Moderna Formata Nuovamente con le Auttorità, del Card. Cesare Baronio, Alfonso Ciaconio, Antonio Bosio,e Ottavio Panciroli, E d’altri celebri Scrittori, accennati nella lettera al Lettore: Nella quale si discorre delle Sagre Basiliche, Chiese, Collegii, COnfraternite, Librarie, Monasteri, Ospedali, Fontane, Giardini, Palazzi, Pitture, Sculture, e Statue piu famose, che sono dentro, e fuori della Città; come ancora dell’ Opere Pie, Indulgenze, e Reliquie de Santi, custodite nelle dette Chiese; e de Sommi Pontefici, e Cardinali Fondatori, o Restauratori delle medesime. Distinta in Quaatordici Rioni, abbellita con Figure nuove di Rame, & accresciuta di molte Notizie istoriche, e della Cronologia di tutti li Sommi Pontefici Romani. Tomo II.

Rome: Nella Libraria di Michel’ Angelo, e Pier Vincenzo Rossi all’ Insegna della Salamandra, 1708

Octavo: 2 volumes. 16 x 11 cm.


With 180 engravings in the text and 16 added engraved plates. According to Rossetti (Vol. I, G-1052), “the number of plates may vary from copy to copy”. In this set, both volumes have engraved frontispieces and a total of 19 added engraved plates: 7 in the first volume and 12 in the second. Of all recorded copies, the copy with the most plates has 9 in the first volume and 13 in the second.


Schudt, Le Guide di Roma, 196-197; Rossetti, Rome, Vol. I, G-1052; Fossati Bellani 700; Olschki 17197

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