Cordero di S(an) Quintino, Giulio
Dell’Italiana architettura durante la dominazione Longobarda ragionamento.
Brescia, Nicolò Bettoni 1829.
8vo. 319 + (1)pp, 1 folding litho plate (the plate slightly browned). Publisher’s printed wrappers. A good, clean, untrimmed copy.
An unfamiliar book which offers one of the earliest overall surveys of architecture in Italy between the fall of the Roman empire and the eleventh century, discussing the extant buildings of the period in the context both of later Roman architecture and of contemporary architecture in other European countries. The author, Giulio Cordero di San Quintino (1778-1857), antiquary, Egyptologist and numismatist, shows a good knowledge of the existing printed literature on the subject by such authors as Seroux d’Agincourt, but is most interesting when he discusses buildings of the period with which he was personally familiar, in such cities as Lucca and Torino. The manuscript on which the present book is based had been awarded a prize by the Ateneo di Brescia in 1828. Not in BAL Cat.