Il Canal Grande di Venezia. VENICE, Antonio QUADRI.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.
Il Canal Grande di Venezia.

Il Canal Grande di Venezia.

Venice: Tipografia di Commercio, 1831.

Oblong folio, 12pp. text accompanied by two en graved frontispieces (one heightened with gold), title-page with engraved vignette, one map, and 48 superb plates, all with original hand-colouring; a fine copy in contemporary Venetian grained calf, gilt, spine lettered and ornately decorated in gilt, bright blue endpapers, silk marker.

Superb coloured panorama of the Grand Canal, Venice

A fine and fresh copy, in its original Venetian binding, of this very charming and carefully coloured continuous panoramic view of the Grand Canal in Venice. The plates form a panorama of both sides of the Canal, with lithographed captions in the lower margins detailing all of the main buildings depicted.

A fine and fresh copy, in its original Venetian binding, of this very charming and carefully coloured continuous panoramic view of the Grand Canal in Venice. The plates form a panorama of both sides of the Canal, with lithographed captions in the lower margins detailing all of the main buildings depicted.

Antonio Quadri, 1777-1845, secretary to the Governor of Venice, produced several books on his city. These views of the Grand Canal were prepared for publication by the Venetian artist Dionisio Moretti (draughtsman and engraver, ?1790-?1834). The first version of the work appeared three years before this, in 1828, with the views arranged on facing pages (whereas in this edition they are more appropriately printed on rectos only). That first version seems not to have had the preliminary text present here, nor did it have the coloured title, while the colouring of its plates appears to have been a little less fine, and the actual arrangement of the plates shows some differences. (An online version of the earlier edition can be seen at http://www.splrarebooks.com).

The first version also called for 60 plates on its title-page although only 47 in fact appeared: here the title-page correctly describes 48 plates, to which should be added two plates at the start showing respectively a gondola and the royal barge or Bucintoro, the latter appropriately heightened with gold. A pictorial title-page incorporates a vignette of the Rialto Bridge (by F. Zuani, after G. Borsato). A subsequent edition in 1838, printed on the Armenian press on the island of San Lazzaro, described itself as the second edition but was therefore in fact the third.

The main series of 48 plates comprises firstly a map of the Grand Canal noting all the traghetti offering crossings of the canal, followed by plates 2-20 for the left or south side, and plates 21-48 for the longer right or northern side of the canal.

The built landscape remains completely recognisable today, indeed is virtually unchanged in the nearly two centuries that have passed since Quadri made the drawings for his beautiful survey in the 1820s.

A full list of the plates may be had on request.

Graesse V, 518; see Cicognara, 4560 (1828 edition); not in Cremonini and Borroni.

Price (AUD): $19,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504012

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