1063. [Atlas - Italy]
4 parts in 4 vol., large folio: -43-22 pp.; 79 pl., -44--12- pp.; 75 pl., -71--11- pp.; 40 pl., -44--16 pp.; 87 pl. ("Naam-Lyst" and half-title missing, some pl. bound at random order in the 2nd vol., some foldings split esp. vol. 1: pl. 8 and 9, Milan Cathedral, vol. 4: pl. 42, Obeliscus Flaminius, and pl. 52, Vatican Obelisk, otherwise a fine copy, only occ. toned esp. Venice, pl. 39 and some pl. of the 2nd vol. The sm. repair on pl. 34 of the 4th vol. is probably due to a crack in the plate given that Alberts reused the plates of Mortier).
Contemp. vellum, blind-stamped covers with central medallion (tr. of use and a tiny bit soiled).
R. Chr. Alberts's magnificent new town atlas of Italy published in 4 parts in 1724. The Italian townbook is Alberts's re-issue of Mortier's Dutch edition (1704/1705) of Joan Blaeu's "Theatrum Italiae". It is devoted to Lombardy, the Ecclesiastical State, Naples & Sicily and Ancient & Modern Rome and has 4 engr. titles and 281 engr. pl., some on a single page but most on double pages, and a number of very large folding plates with spectacular bird's-eye views of Naples, Venice and Frescati, views of Milan cathedral and of the royal palace of Naples, views of Roman squares and palaces, plates figuring the transport and erection of the obelisk at the Vatican, etc. The missing "Naam-Lyst" and half-title are not often present.
Ref. van der Krogt IV-1, 43:231.
Prov. "Baron Surmont" (label).
Hammer price: € 20.000
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