Title: Original Portraits, After Illustrations to ...
Book Condition: Very Good+
Album of 21 pen-and-ink portraits on laid paper after illustrations to Aliprando Capriolo's 1596 Ritratti di Cento Capitani Illustri. Approximately 185 x 143 mm each, tipped to larger sheets of wove paper. Small folio, [Italy: n.d., ca, 18th century]. Cased in full 18th-century Italian (Neapolitan?) brown calf over pasteboard, tooled in gold all-over, covers with two outer border rolls surrounding three double-ruled panels filled with rolls and solid tools decorated with silver paint (now mostly oxidized), inner panel with tulip tools at corner surrounding cartouche of gouges with center lozenge of floral tools, spine with raised bands in seven compartments with cherub tool, rebacked preserving original spine, later endpapers and edge gilding. For binding, cf. BL c154g12/Davis 859; BL c27e18; Davis III, 380. An 18th-century Italian album of 21 pen-and-ink portraits based on Aliprando Capriolo's Ritratti di Cento Capitani Illustri, 1596. These copies were probably made from Pompillio Totti’s edition of Capriolo, Ritratti et Elogil di Capitani Illustri, 1636. Totti altered Capriolo’s engravings, adding the coats of arms seen in many of the portraits here. Portraits include Tamerlane, Gattamelata, Roberto Sanseverino, and the condottieri Vitelli brothers. The binding is in a style common to the Salvioni workshop. Davis Gift III, 380, which Foot suggests was bound in an unknown Neapolitan workshop, shows the same wide outer roll on the covers. Bookseller Inventory # JC6232
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