Descrizione e disegni del Palazzo dei Magistrati Supremi di Torino preceduta da alcuni cenni storici.
(Torino), Tip.Chirio e Mina 1841.
Large folio. Litho title leaf, (6) + pp (11)-34 (evidently complete as issued, with a preliminary blank leaf accounting for pp 1-2), the pages printed within decorative blue printed borders, with 6 additional sectional printed title leaves and 18 engraved plates. Original decorative printed boards, the back cover carrying the monogram of Queen Maria Cristina of Sardinia, the volume’s dedicatee. Slightly worn on spine and outer corners but a good, clean copy internally.
A handsome and scarce volume which records the Palazzo dei Magistrati Supremi in Turin, begun to designs by Filippo Juvarra in the first quarter of the eighteenth century but subsequently worked on by other architects and not finally completed until 1840. The present monograph, prepared by Ignazio Michela, the architect to whose designs the building was eventually completed, provides a history of the project, a description of the finished building, and accurate illustrations of elevations, ground plans, and neo-classical interior detail. Michela also reproduces a set of plans for the completion of the Palazzo drawn up in 1741 by the able Turin architect Benedetto Alfieri (possibly on the basis of an earlier unexecuted scheme by Juvarra).