[Milan, 1782]. Large folio (585 x 430 mm). 24 engraved ornamental illustrations by Giacomo Mercoli after Giocondo Albertolli (the last 4 on 2 plates), all with fine contemporary coloring, contemporary blue tissue guards. Contemporary Italian gilt-paneled sprinkled calf, artist's name gilt-lettered on covers. Some light staining to covers, a generally fine and fresh set. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401771
FIRST EDITION. The Swiss-born architect, painter, and sculptor Giocondo Albertolli played a key role in the transition from rococo to neoclassical style in northern Italy. He prepared this work, and two others, while professor of architectural ornament at the Brera Academy in Milan. He worked on numerous North-Italian masterpieces, most notably the famed lakeside Villa Melzi d’Eril in Bellagio. The engravings here show designs of friezes, ceilings and candelabra. Rare in colored state. See Thieme/B. 1, 221. Berlin Kat. 595; Brunet, I:136; Cicognara 390.