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1853 book on Gemstone Inlay - Pietre Dure - Large Paper Copy - 2 Color Plates

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Seller: joslinhall (7,698) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 361829938394 “Notizie Storiche sull'origine e progressi dei Lavori di Commesso in Pietre Dure che si eseguiscono nell'i e R. Stabilmento di Firenze” By Antonio Zobi. Published in Florence in 1853. Second edition. description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: The first edition was published in 1841 and apparently lacked the 2 color plates - Sinkankas lists the first edition but was unable to locate a copy of it. Of this edition Sinkankas notes- "In this scarce work Zobi gives a detailed history of the development of the art of gemstone inlay, or pietre dure work, and of the Florentine school and its master craftsmen who helped to create the preeminent position of the school and its products... The text identifies and comments on early Florentine masters of such work and also those who cut and engraved rock crystal, after which Zobi examines the true origin of such stone work and its continuing improvement. Numerous citations from art historians and others appear throughout the text and in footnotes. ... Both (color) plates are carefully handpainted and outlined in gold paint borders... Following the text is a list of the stones adopted for use in the factory... Next is a roll of masterworkers, designers, and directors of the Florentine factory, listed from 1574 to 1824". The two colored plates are spectacular- one illustrates a round table top with marbleized edges and a bouquet in the middle, the other a garlanded plaque with a silver cup, wheat sheaves, grapes and grape leaves, etc., as well as a smaller floral frieze. A wonderful, scarce book. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 6"x9.5", 352 pages, 2 colored plates; a large-paper copy of this scarce work, whose normal size is 6"x9.5", in which format the two plates are folded to fit within the covers (they are not folded here). Bound in the original tan boards. CONDITION NOTES: Covers a bit soiled and worn, some rubbing, paper covering splitting along the hinges, but the hinges are tight. Contents with minor soil; one plate detached but present, and a little worn along the outer edge. - - - - - - OVERSEAS BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: Our International shipping charges are based on the weight, when boxed for shipping, of each book -please check the postage chart for the cost of shipping to your country. 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These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up – please do not confuse them for additional shipping charges, which we never impose. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as ‘gifts’ to avoid import duties, as this is illegal in most countries. - Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Your satisfaction is guaranteed with every book you purchase. Condition: Covers a bit soiled and worn, some rubbing, paper covering splitting along the hinges, but the hinges are tight. Contents with minor soil; one plate detached but present, and a little worn along the outer edge., Binding: Hardcover, Subject: Art & Photography, Topic: Architecture, Year Printed: 1853

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