De Sortibus Christianorum Dissertatio ad virum Clarissimum Franciscum Victorium.]

PASSERI, Giovanni Battista (1699-1780) -- GORI, Antonio Francesco (1691-1757)

Published by [c. 1750 or before?], [Florence], 1750
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Title: De Sortibus Christianorum Dissertatio ad ...

Publisher: [c. 1750 or before?], [Florence]

Publication Date: 1750

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good


Extraordinarily rare reference work on antique carved gems affiliated with the famous Massachusetts Jesuit seminary destroyed by fired in 1956. 4to (300 x 210mm). Copperplate engravings throughout text, mostly at beginning of the essays, most of ancient gems depicting mythological gods and goddesses, magical emblems, inscriptions and epitaphs, most captioned. Some illustrations depicting sculptured pieces or ancient Greek pottery. Compilation of texts seemingly from Passeriís Thesaurus gemmarum antiquarum astriferarum, describing and figuring ancient gems mostly in museum collections, including with pagination: De Sortibus Christianorum Dissertatio ad virum Clarissimum Franciscum Victorium. 28pp.; De Poculis Astriferis Veterum Profanis et Sacris Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 31pp; Sive de throno sacro Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 14pp. Engraving of throne; De Gemmis Astriferis Veterum Christianorum Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 18pp.; De gemma christiana imperatoris draconem confodientis diatriba Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 12pp.; De Gemma Pastorali Dissertatio I. 16pp.; De gemmis basilidianis diatriba Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 28pp.; Nilus abraxeus Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 8pp.; Divinatio in Gemmam Magicam Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 10pp.; De Gemma Encolpia Monstrosa Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 8pp.; Isis Goriana Inlustrata Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 15pp. Engraving of Isis; De Animarum Transvectione Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 24pp.; De Jove Lucetio Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 10pp.; De Gemma Tabernaria Dissertatio Convivalis Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 10pp.; GORI. De mercurio kepayniw, sive Fulgeratore Diatriba. 14pp. Engraving of Mercury; Nox Dionysiaca Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 10pp. (p. 5-6 misbound after 10). Engraving of Dionysian theatre; De gemma gamelia ex dactyliotheca Goriana Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 8pp.; De Ara Augustea Dissertatio Ioannis Bapt. Passeri. 18pp. Engraving of the Ara Pacis in Rome at beginning and one folding at end; Atlas antiquus Farnesianus e marmore insignis / commentario inlustratus ab Ioanne Bapt. Passerio. 80pp. Engraved chapter headpiece, engraved historiated initials, illustrations depicting Jupiter and Herakles at beginning and end of text and six folding plates at rear, first two depicting Atlas holding globe on his shoulders and the last four of constellations and zodiac signs. Near contemporary vellum; (first folding plate in the Atlas largely torn to image, marginal foxing throughout, otherwise good). Stamped on title from the reference collection of Shadowbrook Library, the former Jesuit novitiate in Lenox, Massachusetts. It was built in 1893 for Anson Phelps Stokes. In 1956, the 100-room house devastatingly burned beyond repair. A stamp on the rear of the title is dated Jan. 13 1958, this volume evidently a survival or a later addition when the new novitiate was established. Throughout the middle Ages, ancient gems were highly valued as intrinsically precious objects, as amulets or even as possessing magical properties. During the Renaissance, large collections of gems were formed by aristocratic collectors who sought inspiration from the classical images engraved on them, and gems have been collected for similar reasons ever since. Giovanni Battista Passeri, well known Italian antiquarian, wrote several essays examining these gems and as a result creates a kindred but exaggerated development as regard to legend versus historicity. These titles are of utmost rarity the combination or separation of the individual texts is scarcely found. Bookseller Inventory # D6220

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