Book Description

First edition. Large folio (41 x 54cm). Lacking boards, but with remnants of calf spine, originally issued in plain paper wrappers (here with the upper wrapper present). Engraved title page followed by 31 plates of drawings by Vincenzo Camuccini, engraved by Giovanni Folo, after the original painting by Raphael. Printed on laid paper. WITH: Fifteen accomplished contemporary pen and ink drawings after the engravings (twelve in black ink, three in brown ink and wash), three of which are annotated in manuscript by a contemporary English hand. The majority measuring 38 x 55cm. Several sheets watermarked “Turkey Mills J. Whatman 1818”. The book itself with its subsequent binding lacking, with the front wrapper detached and chipped at the edges, and with the last three plates coming loose. The contents with scattered foxing (a little heavier to a couple of plates), mostly confined to the margins, and with the odd minor mark. The additional drawings with some small tears and creases to the edges (one with heavier creasing and a 10cm tear, touching the image) and the odd small mark are otherwise in good order.
Dealer Notes
An uncommon book of engravings by the Italian Neoclassical engraver Giovanni Folo (1764-1836) after drawings by Vincenzo Camuccini (1771-1844) - considered to be the premier academic painter of his time in Rome - forming studies of the expressions of the figures in Raphael’s painting the ‘Transfiguration’ (1518-20).
A pleasing example accompanied by fifteen drawings by an accomplished contemporary English artist.
LibraryHub records three institutional copies in the UK (Trinity, Cambridge; V&A; Wellcome).
Author CAMUCCINI, Vincenzo; engraved by FOLO, Giovanni; [RAPHAEL]:
Date c.1808
Publisher Roma: Studio di Folo, Piazza di Spagna.

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