Book Description

Famiglie Celebri Italiane covers 150 families and runs to a total of 184 Dispensas which appeared from 1819 to 1883. Only the most notable of noble houses in Italy, those who were especially "famous", or distinguished in some way, were worthy of Litta’s notice. His legacy is a fascinating insight into the military, political and ecclesiastical dynasties of Italy. At the time of Litta’s death in 1852, only 113 Dispensa had been published. Luigi Passerini Orsini de 'Rilli, Federico Odorici and Federico Stefani collaborated to complete the series, with contributions by Francesco di Mauro of Polvica and Costantino Coda (although errors, such as the reversal of colours in coats of arms, occasionally occurred). In 1862, the rights and documents were transferred to Luciano Basadonna, who republished the whole work. Each genealogy (Tavola) is printed on double-leaf letterpress plates, versos blank (unless otherwise stated) and is inset with brief biographies of the most prominent characters of each of the family, together with other items of interest, such as famous portraits (some with tissue guards) and drawings of coins or medals. Some Dispensas include maps of territory owned or governed by the families. In some fascicles, there are also drawings of castles and other buildings, such as family monuments and tombs, many of which had already been destroyed at the time of publication; thus, these documents are also an important art historical record. Dispensa 157. Mocenigo di Venezia. Cavaliere Federigo Stefani. Parte I. 1868. Contents: Tavola I – V, with coloured coat of arms on Tavola I; Nota, by Federico Odorici; Monete, Oselle, Bolle e Medaglie Mocenigo x 3 (black and white images of coins and medals; the third sheet has a tissue guard over three coloured portraits of family members). Dispensa 166. Mocenigo di Venezia, Parte II. Federigo Stefani. 1872. Contents: Tavola VI – XII; 2 x double-pages of drawings of family monuments. Dispensa 169. Mocenigo di Venezia, Parte III Ed Ultima. Federigo Stefani. 1872. Contents: Tavola XIII – XXI; a double-page of coloured, tissue-guarded full-page drawings - Il Doge Tommaso Mocenigo and Il Doge Alvise Mocenigo. 49 cms tall x 35 cms (70 cms opened). Unbound, in printed blue paper wrappers (as issued).
Dealer Notes
Scarce: according to Copac, one copy (Parte III only) is held by the National Trust at Belton House.
Author Count Pompeo Litta (1781 – 1852)
Publisher Milano
Condition Wrappers; wear and tears around the edges and on the fold. The contents have wear and some soiling to page edges, but are otherwise in very good condition. The drawings of Il Doge Tommaso Mocenigo a

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