Back | Table of Contents | About the book shop
Achter St. Pieter 180
NL-3512 HT Utrecht
tel. and fax +31 - 30-231 4949
Old and Rare Books | Illustrated Books |
Travel | Children's Books | Ephemera

Rossi, Domenico de. Studio d'Architettura Civile, sopra gli Ornamenti di Porte Finistre tratti da alcune Fabbriche insigni di Roma.. Parte Prima.- ... sopra vari Ornamenti di Capelle, e diversi Sepolcri Tratti da più Chiese di Roma.. Parte Seconda.- .. sopra varie Chiese, Capelle di Roma, e Palazzo di Caprarola, et altre Fabriche... Parte Terza. Opera di più celebri architetti de' nostri tempi. Rome, con privil. del Sommo Pont. e licenza de Sup., 1702, 1711, 1721. 3 Vols. Large folio, ca. 38 x 49 cm. With engraved title, engr. dedication to Pope Clemence XI, leaf of preface, leaf of index, and 139 engraved plates, 12 double-page; Vol.II: Engraved title, 61 engr. plates, 3 double-page; Vol. III: Engraved title, 82 engr. plates, 23 double-page. Contemporary half calf, spines ribbed and gilt, with (later) black title-labels.

€ 7000
One of the first architectural books presenting the contemporary baroque decoration of seventeenth-century Rome, compiled by the Roman architect Domenico de Rossi (1659-1730). Each volume of the work is devoted to a specific type of decoration with detailed measures and profiles of architectural parts. The first volume offers a wide variety of architectural designs of windows, doors and gates, porticos and porches, chimney pieces and stairs. The second volume shows ornamental designs of chapels and funeral tombs, vaults, altars, niches, porticos, columns, staircases, and some mausoleums by Michel Angelo. And the third volume illustrates the façades and plans of Roman churches, including cupolas, a cataphalque, and a baptismal font. The work concludes with 15 plans and views, incl. double-page, of the house and garden of Caprarola of the Duke of Parma, built by Vignola, and several views of the Royal Palace at Naples. The fine plates were drawn and engraved by Alessandro Specchi, Filippo Vasoni, Carlo Fontana, Vinzendo Francischini, and others. Depicted is the work of a large number of Italian architects, including Michel Angelo, Raphael, Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Carlo Modena, Giacomo della Porta, etc.
The books were used at the Roman School of Architecture and at the French Academy in Rome. The work was instrumental in the international acceptance of the Roman baroque style. With its highly technical and professional designs it was an ideal model-book for architects and builders not reared in the classical and monumental tradition of architecture. Published with intervals of ten years, a complete set is quite rare.
Berlin Kat. 2681 (that copy lacking index of vol. 1, and pl. 55 of vol. 2); Fowler 97; Millard, Italian and Spanish Books, 110; Brunet V, p. 1405; Weinreb, Cat. 51, no. 603; Hanno-Walter Kruft, Geschichte der Architekturtheorie, Munich 1991, p. 121


Kruyf, C. de. Vues choisies d'Amsterdam et ses Environs. Dessinées d'apres nature. Amsterdam, François Buffa & Fils, 1825. Folio. ca. 28 x 37.5 cm. Title, letterpress index-leaf, and 45 beautiful aquatint views of Amsterdam, including some views of Royal Pleasure Houses and Gardens outside Amsterdam, mainly after designs by Cornelis de Kruyf. Loose as issued, with two of the original blue printed instalment wrappers preserved.

€ 4000
Rare complete set of splendid aquatint views of Amsterdam, published in instalments of 5 plates, by Cornelis de Kruyf, or Kruijff (1774-1828). The aquatints were engraved by A. Lutz and W.H. Hoogkamer, mainly after designs by de Kruyf. The views have titles printed underneath both in Dutch and French. The publisher, Frans Buffa, was an art-dealer in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, and a wellknown publisher of art books and print-series in the first half of the 19th century. The present series is kept in two original issue-wrappers, engraved by G. Muller, and is preceeded by a loose title-page with the coat of arms of Amsterdam, engraved by J.C. Zürcher, and one leaf with list of contents, both Dutch and in French. A fine clean set with wide margins.
Thieme-Becker 22, p. 26; Scheen I, 568; Waller 188.

Back | Table of Contents