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FALDA (Giovanni Battista). Le Fontane di Roma...

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FALDA (Giovanni Battista). Le Fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi publici della città, con li loro prospetti, come sono al presente. Libro primo. - Le Fontane delle ville di Frascati, nel Tusculano, con li loro prospetti, Parte seconda. - VENTURINI (Giovanni Francesco). Le Fontane ne'Palazzi e ne'giardini di Roma. Parte terza. - VENTURINI (Giovanni Francesco). Le Fontane del giardino Estense in Tivoli. Parte Quarta. Rome, Gio. Giacomo de Rossi, s.d. [ca. 1675-1691] 4 parts in one oblong folio volume, comprising respectively 33, 18, 28 and 28 hors-texte plates engraved by Falda and Venturini, including a title page and a dedicatory frontispiece as well as 3 folding plates. The plates are numbered independently for each collection. A complete copy of the four parts of this suite, considered to be the finest series of engravings of the fountains of Rome and its surroundings (Fowler). Slightly later binding, full marbled calf with the coat of arms of Paul de Beauvilliers, Duc de Saint-Aignan, 6-rib spine. Interesting provenance for this work, as the Duc de Saint-Aignan was French ambassador to Rome. (foxing, spotting at the bottom of the plates, very worn binding, leather missing from the spines, corners, headpieces and second plate, boards in the process of becoming detached, one endpaper detached). Expert : Mr. Nicolas Asvisio