Rare venetian illustrated book of 18th century. TASSO. Il Goffredo, ovvero Gerusalemme Liberata.

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Rare venetian illustrated book of 18th century. TASSO. Il Goffredo, ovvero Gerusalemme Liberata.
TASSO, Torquato. Il Goffredo, ovvero Gerusalemme Liberata. 
Venezia, Antonio Groppo, 1760-61
2 vols in 4to. Gorgeous contemporary full leather Venetian binding with double gilt frames on covers, gilt ornaments on the labels on back, red edges. 2 unnumbered pages, including half-title, XXX, including Titlepage, 364, XII including half-title and titlepage, 360. Engraved frontispiece with allegorical illustrations; titlepage in red and black on first volume with vignette, author’s portrait on full page by Caracci’s painting; 95 engravings in the text, Initials engraved on copper at the beginning of every Canto; engraved ornaments and end-pieces, 20 wonderful plates out text. Overall 2 large vignettes on titlepages and 117 engravings, of which 22 on double page. Nice copy with wide margins.

Condition Report

Rare and wonderful illustrated work. Beautiful and estimated edition, a beauty for the richness and beauty of the engravings. The oval portrait of the poet is taken from the famous painting by Annibale Carracci and is drawned by P. Antonio Novelli. Each of the 20 chant has a wonderful plate referring to the text, engraved by Jacopo Leonardis from the drawings of Bernardo Castello; the topic are within elegant engraved frames and the first sentence of each chapter is finely engraved and on copper; moreover, 95 scenes from the poem are illustrated by very fine half-page engravings, interspersed with the text. The invention and the drawing of frontispiece, of the portrait and of the splendid vignettes in the text are by Novelli, all the engravings are by Leonardis. Tassiana: "Questa edizione merita di essere annoverata tra le più belle ed ornate che si abbiano della Gerusalemme non essendosi dallo stampatore risparmiata diligenza, né spesa ... Ella è ricchissima più che altra di rami".
wed 22 April 2020
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