Indicazione antiquaria per la Villa suburbana dell’eccelentissima casa Albani.

Rome, presso Vincenzo Proggioli, 1803.

8vo, pp. vi, 200, with fine engraved view of Villa Albani on title and numerous transcribed inscriptions in the text; a fine, uncut and unopened copy in the publisher’s wrappers, with ornamental woodcut border on front and back, backstrip worn.


US $489€399

Make an enquiry

Second, enlarged edition of Morcelli’s guide book to the collection of sculptures and inscriptions accumulated in the Villa Albani by the collector and patron of art Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779). Albani had employed Winckelmann as his librarian and curator of his collection. The collection was displayed in the purpose-built Villa Albani outside Rome.

The work was first published in Rome, 1785, listing then 677 items. This second edition of 1803, edited by Carlo Fea, lists only 624 items: Napoleon had confiscated some of the principal items in the collection, as spoils of the French conquest of Italy.

Baron Landau’s copy with his bookplate.

Not in Borroni; Olschki Choix 17620; Melzi II, 29.

You may also be interested in...

EVERY, S[imon] F[rederick].

Etchings by S. F. Every, Esq.

A rare collection of etchings by the Derbyshire artist and etcher Simon Frederick Every (1804-1888), probably put together by the artist himself. This is the earliest collection of his work known.

Read more

YOUNG, John.

A catalogue of the pictures at Grosvenor House, London; with etchings of the whole collection … and accompanied by historical notices …

First edition and earliest catalogue of the Grovenor picture collection finely printed by Bulmer, and with reproductive etchings of all the pictures by Young. The Grosvenor picture collection was one of the finest in London. The Earl of Grosvenor employed the King’s Keeper of Pictures as his agent in Italy, but also patronised the English School, with paintings by Gainsborough, West (‘Death of Wolfe’), Wilson and Stubbs. His son Robert added choice pictures from Madrid, the entire collection of Welbore Ellis Agar, a Rembrandt from the King of Sardinia, a couple of Rubens’ from the Convent of Loeches, a Titian from the Barberini Gallery, etc.

Read more