(Southern Italy and Sicily)
Raccolta degli antichi monumenti esistenti nella città di Pesto e di alcune altere vedute appartenenti allamedesima città ; Raccolta degli antichi monumenti esistenti fra Pozzuolo Cuma e Baja luoghi nel Regno di Napoli ; Raccolta degli antichi monumenti esistenti fra Girgenti, Segeste e Selinunte luoghi nella Sicilia ; (Vedute nel Regno di Napoli).
Roma, Agapito Franzetti nd (late 18th century) (all four suites).
Oblong quarto. 4 items in 1. Engraved title leaf, engraved general view of Paestum (after Hackert), and 28 engraved views of Paestum on 7 plates ; engraved title leaf, engraved general view of Lake Averno (after Hackert), and 40 engraved views of Pozzuoli etc. on 10 plates ; engraved title leaf, engraved general view of temples at Girgenti (after Hackert), and 16 engraved views of Girgenti etc. on 4 plates ; and (3) engraved plates (numbered 3-5), carrying 12 engraved views of monuments elsewhere in the kingdom of Naples. Recent quarter calf. The first four plates of the Paestum suite are somewhat soiled and damp-affected at their bottom left-hand blank corner, and other plates are slightly browned or spotted at their blank outer margins (three outer corners creased).
The four engraved suites bound together here provide no fewer than 96 small engraved views of the famous classical temples at Paestum and of ruins of the classical period at other sites in Southern Italy and Sicily, together with three more impressive views from drawings by J.P. Hackert. The engravings are all by Francesco Morelli, except for those in the final suite which are by Gio(vanni) Bougean. Although the condition of the engravings is not particularly pleasing, they offer between them a surprisingly comprehensive record of the main classical sites in Southern Italy and Sicily as they appeared towards the end of the eighteenth century. When we originally catalogued this volume, we were under the impression that three plates at the end, offering twelve views of sites in the kingdom of Naples and numbered 3-5, represented part only of a larger suite : but we have since seen a copy in a contemporary binding collating identically to ours, and we have now concluded that our volume is complete, at least as issued in this collected form.