8vo, coloured lithos numbered III, V, VI, VII and X (2 folding), loose in contemporary wrappers with printed label on upper cover. Stamp of Donaueschingen library on wrappers.
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6 Blätter Altenburger Trachten.
Charming Altenburg costume plates, lacking at least one plate.
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First Italian edition, translated from the true first edition (1760) of this didactic poem, Watelet’s first work, composed at the country seat of Moulinjoli after his travels in Germany and Italy. It is dedicated to the members of the Royal Academy of Painting, with a preliminary discourse and reflections on the different aspects of painting, serving as a commentary on the poem. The work proved successful, and assured its author a seat in the Académie française.
Le imagini con la spositione de i dei de gli antichi.
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