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Boito, Camillo

La basilique de St Marc à Venise étudiée au double point de vue de l’art et de l’histoire sous la direction du Prof.Camillo Boito. Traduction d’Alfred Cruvellié.

(Venezia, Ferdinando Ongania), 1889.

Reference: 378
Price: £190 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 3 parts bound in 2, containing in all 1038pp. Contemp quarter red morocco, original printed part covers bound in. No ownership inscription but Robert Weir Schultz’s copy.

A French translation of the volume of explanatory text issued to accompany the great series of chromolithograph and photographic plates of St.Mark’s published by Ongania between 1878 and 1888. In itself it provides a very convenient overall view of the history, architecture and internal decoration of the basilica. Although we list it here under the name of the distinguished Milanese architect Camillo Boito, whose name appears on the title leaf, much of the credit for the volume belongs to Ongania himself, who edited it and recruited a team of contributors to write on separate aspects of the building. Similarly, the chapters on the architecture of St.Mark’s were not written by Boito but by the young Venetian scholar Raffaele Cattaneo (1861-89). The translation remains useful for all those interested in St.Mark’s who can read French but not Italian.