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). Tavola I in each genealogy has a coloured coat of arms in the upper right hand corner. The genealogies are inset with brief biographies of the most prominent characters of each of the family. Other items of interest, such as famous portraits (some with tissue guards) and drawings of coins or medals are included. Some Dispensas include maps of territory owned or governed by the families; 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. Contents: all double-leaf letterpress plates (versos blank) unless otherwise stated. Dispensa 170. Marchesi di Saluzzo, Parte I. Luigi Passerini. 1873. Contents: Tavola I – VII; a double leaf of tissue-guarded full page drawings of Monumento do Michelantonio marchese di Saluzzo and Sepolcro di Lodovico II marchese di Saluzzo. Dispensa 171. Marchesi di Saluzzo, Parte II. Luigi Passerini. 1873. Contents: Tavolo VIII – XV; Monete, Medaglie e Busti Saluzzesi Dispensa 172. Marchesi di Saluzzo, Parte III. Luigi Passerini. 1874. Contents: Tavolo XVI – XXIV Dispensa 174. Marchesi di Saluzzo, Parte IV. Luigi Passerini. 1874. Contents: Tavolo XXV – XXVII; two double leaves of full page drawings of statuary. Dispensa 176. Marchesi di Saluzzo, Parte V Ed Ultima. Luigi Passerini. 1874. Contents: Tavolo XXVIII – XXX; a single leaf of Medaglia e Busto di Diodata Saluzzo; two double leaf maps with the borders of the family’s lands hand coloured; a double leaf of full-page drawings of Monumento. 49 cms tall x 35 cms (70 cms opened).
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Publisher Milano
Condition Blue paper covers; 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 front of the wrapper of Dispe

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