Porte di città e fortezze depositi sepolcrali ed altre principali fabbriche pubbliche e private di Michele Sammicheli Veronese. Misurate, disegnate, incise e brevemente illustrate da Ferdinando Albertolli Professore di Ornato nella C.R.Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milano.
Milano, Cesarea Regia Stamperia 1815.
Large oblong folio. 10 + (2)pp, (30) engraved plates (of which 21 are sepia aquatints, the remainder outline engravings of details or engraved ground plans). Contemporary marbled paper boards, calf spine. A good, fresh copy.
First and only edition of this impressive and visually arresting volume which provides very handsome illustrations in sepia aquatint of the principal buildings attributed at that time to the able Renaissance architect Michele Sanmicheli (c.1485-1559). These include the notable series of entrance gateways designed by Sanmicheli for his native city of Verona, as well as the three best-known town houses designed by him for the Veronese aristocracy (Palazzo Bevilacqua, Palazzo Guastaverza and Palazzo Pompei). Albertolli also provides illustrations of equally striking gateways designed by Sanmicheli for the Castello Sant’Andrea di Lido in Venice, for the fortress of Legnago, near Ferrara, and for the town of Zara in Dalmatia. Other plates illustrate the Palazzo La Soranza at Castelfranco and a series of wall monuments in churches in Verona. All the sepia aquatint plates were drawn and engraved by the volume’s author, Ferdinando Albertolli (1781-1844), and the volume is a real credit to Albertolli’s skills as a graphic artist, as well as providing the first really accurate illustrations of buildings by Sanmicheli. The compilers of the BAL Catalogue describe the present book, perplexingly, as a “modest volume” (BAL Cat 60), but what they had in mind was evidently not its physical size or aesthetic appeal but the fact that it was less comprehensive in its treatment of Sanmicheli’s architectural output than the subsequent study of it by Ronzani and Luciolli, published in 1828-30 (but illustrated by outline engravings only).Although the present volume is held in older libraries, it is rare in the book trade today and this is very much the best copy of it that we have ourselves seen. Cicognara 394.