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ZANOTTI, Giampietro. LE PITTURE DE PELLEGRINO TIBALDI,...                      

Venice: Licenza de' Superiore, 1756. Large folio. Contemporary calf spine, mottled paper covered boards. Frontispiece, (viii), 46 pages, 43 plates. First Edition. [Millard, Italian, 168].

First edition, a fine clean copy.  Pellegrino Tibaldi (1527-1596) was "among the most radically inventive and influential mannerist architects practicing in northern Italy." (MacMillan, Encyclopedia of Architects, IV, 214).  The present work illustrates, in highly dramatic engravings, his frescos in several buildings in Bologna.  The frontispiece is an allegorical figure of Bologna, a fetching, idealized female beauty, engraved by Crivellari after Moretti.  The fine title vignette enframes a distant view of Bologna.  The headpieces. tailpieces and initials continue the theme of "Bologna" showing exterior and interior views of buildings by Tibaldi.  A most attractive and dramatic book.  Expertly rehinged a long time ago, else very good.