Item #11530 Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci. Carlo Cesare Malvasia, conte.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.
ART HISTORY & ANALYTICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna Dipinto dal Famoso Lodovico Carracci.

Bologna, Heirs of A. Pissari 1694.

Folio (401 x 268 mm.). Etched title, [vi], 34p. and eleven of nineteen numbered etched plates (see the copy below) cut by G.M. Giovannini (after Carracci, L. Massari, G. Reni, L. Garbieri, G. Cavedone and F. Brizio), large etched headpiece with Medici arms flanked by putti.

Early 18th-century gilt red morocco (rubbed, tips and crown repaired), outer frame of a rope work roll bracing a woven band with daisies in the interstices, corner ornament of nine tools including foliage, dots, a vase and smaller daisies, gilt arms of an ecclesiastic, each spine compartment with a gilt vase, red edges, orange and black woodblock printed pastedowns.

Bound with: Malvasia, Carlo Cesare, conte.
            Il Claustro Di S. Michele In Bosco Di Bologna.  Bologna, Heirs of A. Pissari 1694. Folio. Etched title, [iix], 33p. and ALL NINETEEN PLATES — FOUR FOLDING AND FIFTEEN FULL-PAGE.


            Ad I-II: TWO COPIES OF THE “SAME” BOOK, ONE THE UNCORRECTED SETTING OF TYPE, THE OTHER THE CORRECTED AND PUBLISHED TYPE SETTING. Each volume has the same place of production, printer, date, dedicatee, dedication date and text, but their layouts and dispositions of type are quickly distinguishable. For instance, the initial version (I) has two fewer preliminary pages (i.a., no printing privilege), an additional page given over to the main text and different typographic and woodcut decoration. The earlier printing’s grammatical errors, spelling inconsistencies, odd line breaks and sloppy or absent page references have all been eliminated in the published edition (II). The two printings do not share paper stocks.
            FIRST EDITION(S) OF THIS CLASSIC STUDY OF LODOVICO CARRACCI’S FRESCOES — now all ruinously deteriorated — at the Olivetan monastery at San Michele in Bosco near Bologna. Carracci (1555-1619) and his workshop executed the cycle — among his most important commissions — between 1592 and 1605. Written by an art advisor to Leopoldo de’Medici and Carracci’s principal biographer, The Cloister is our earliest surviving pictorial record of the paintings of episodes from the lives of Saints Cecilia and Benedict, Bible stories and allegorical scenes framed by caryatids in grisaille to imitate marble. Giacomo Maria Giovannini (1667-1717) engraved the plates and prepared Malvasia’s unpublished manuscript for the press.
            Why these two editions are preserved in this luxury binding remains unresolved. The full complement of illustrations was never bound in the earlier version: the complete suite accompanies the published edition (here placed first). Scattered hand soiling and light stains in II (two plates more prominently), mid-18th-century title signature of Ercole Maria Cavazzi della Somaglia.
¶Schlosser-Magnino, La Letteratura artistica 582; Besterman, Old Art Books 70; RIBA, Early Printed Books 1478-1840 2023; Cicognara, Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte 3405; Pescarzoli, I Libri di viaggio 2750.

Item #11530

Price: $7,500.00

Status: On Hold

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