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  EUROPE 
 Central Italy 

ROSSINI, Luigi. [A monumental work on the buildings of Rome]
Le Antichità Romane ossia raccolta delle piu Interessanti Vedute di Roma Antica Designate ed incise dall' Architetto Incisore Luigi Rossini Ravennate In Numero centuna Vedute. Rome: Negozio Scudellari & Rossini, 1829. Large folio, contemporary half morocco, red morocco title label on front board; title, 1p. catalogue of Rossini's publications and 101 etched plates. Wear to spine, boards faded.
An extensive record of the buildings of Rome at the beginning of the 19th century, the work of Luigi Rossini (1790-1857) an architect and etcher. Although clearly influenced by Piranesi, Rossini wanted to show the buildings in the context of contemporary Rome; therefore he collaborated with Roman artist Bartolomeo Pinelli (1771-1835), whose illustrations of the street life of the city were used as staffage for the archtecture. These figures included the Grand Tourists, washerwomen, monks & priests, ferrymen & fishermen and, under the Arch of Septimus Severus, knife-fighters. A monumental work.
[Ref: 14005]    £22,500.00 ($29,655 • €25,178 rates)


  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

LE NOBLE, Eustache. [A map of the 'Isle of Marriage']
Carta Topografica dell'Isola del Maritaggio di Monsieur Le Noble per la Prima Volta Tradotta Dal Francese in Italiano. In Cosmopoli, MDCCLXV. Italy, 1765. 8vo, contemporary vellum; letterpress title, pp. 40, folding map, 250 x 355mm. Map with repaired tear.
A treatise on the Island of Matrimony, written as a travel book, describing: how to reach the island, through the ports of 'Love', 'Bad Advice' or 'Self-interest'; and where to live, including the provinces of 'the Jealous' and 'the Cuckolds', and the 'Mountains of in-laws'. Once on the island it is impossible to leave, but it is possible to go to the peninsulas of 'Widowhood' and 'Divorce', the 'Great Mausoleum' and, for the truly masochistic, 'Bigamy Island'. The title cartouche features a man with the 'cuckold's horns'. There are other features we have not been able to translate from the slightly archaic Italian, so this item is worthy of further research.
[Ref: 13030]    £1,800.00 ($2,372 • €2,014 rates)


  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

BRAUN, Friedrich. [A set of transparent star charts]
Himmels-Atlas in transparente Karten. Stuttgarte: Wilhelm Nitzschke, c.1856. Illustrated board portfolio, colour-printed chromolithographic star chart in four sections, total 600 x 490mm, 30 constellations plates on blue card, each 225 x 285mm, in gilt-lettered folio with 16pp. letterpress guide. A little wear to covers.
A celestial index map of the sky from the the North Pole to 40º south, and thirty constellation cards, all with the stars perforated and backed with coloured paper so they glow when they are held up to the light. The holes are different shapes and sizes to mimic the apparent magnitude of the stars. The series was designed to be educational, and the pamphlet is a technical guide to the solar system and the stars depicted on the cards.
[Ref: 15091]    £2,200.00 ($2,900 • €2,462 rates)


  BOOKS 
 Reference Books 

ROCQUE, John. [Facsimile of Rocque's 16-Sheet Map of London]
An Exact Survey of the City's of London Westminster ye Borough of Southwark... Introductory Notes by James Howgeo. Lympne Castle: Harry Margary, 1971. Large folio, red buckram with title label pasted on. 8pp. , index map and 16 double-page sheets.
Facsimile of one of the most important maps of London, on a scale of 5½ inches to a mile.
[Ref: 15133]    £400.00 ($527 • €448 rates)


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