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BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAUL FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN

Bonelli, Giorgio
HORTUS ROMANUS. ROME: JEAN BOUCHARD AND JEAN-JOSEPH GRAVIER, 1772–1793
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 GBP
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BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAUL FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN

Bonelli, Giorgio
HORTUS ROMANUS. ROME: JEAN BOUCHARD AND JEAN-JOSEPH GRAVIER, 1772–1793
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Bonelli, Giorgio
HORTUS ROMANUS. ROME: JEAN BOUCHARD AND JEAN-JOSEPH GRAVIER, 1772–1793
FIRST EDITION, COLOURED ISSUE, 8 volumes, folio (550 x 380mm.), half-titles, titles printed in red and black with hand-coloured engraved vignettes, engraved portrait of Pope Clement XV, printed in blue, 4 engraved portraits of cardinals, double-page engraved “Prospectus horti romani”, printed in green, 800 hand-coloured engraved plates, most engraved by Maddelena Bouchard after C. Ubertini, contemporary half vellum, housed in 4 collector’s morocco-backed clamshell cases, some spotting, last text leaf of vol. 4 browned
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Provenance

Giannalisa Feltrinelli, sale, Christie’s 3 December 1997, lot 242

Literature

Great Flower Books, p.51; Dunthorne 45 (“well coloured with opaque colours, producing extremely decorative plates”); Hunt 629; Nissen BBI 200; Stafleu TL2 634

Catalogue Note

A RARE WORK; ONLY ONE OTHER COMPLETE COPY (DE BELDER) HAS COME TO AUCTION (the Hunt, Library of Congress and British Library copies all lack one or more volumes). Bonelli, about whom little is known, contributed only a short text to volume one. The remaining volumes are by Liberato and Constantino Sabbati, edited by N. Martelli. The original prospectus announced 300 copies to be printed, of which only some were to be coloured. “It is not likely that this number was reached, certainly not for the later volumes (volumes 6–8 are very scarce)” (Stafleu).

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