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    Engravings by Jacques Callot

    Bernardino Amico [With engravings by Jacques Callot]. Trattato Delle Piante & Immagini De Sacri Edifizi Di Terra Santa Disegnate in Jerusalemme secondo le regole della Perspecttiva... Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620. First edition with Callot's illustrations. Small folio. 1, ¦4, A2, B1, C-F2, G1, H-L2, M1, N-R2, S1, T-V2, X1, Y-2C2, 2D1, 2E-2Q2, 2R1, 2S-2V2. [10], 65, [1] pages. Engraved architectural title page, thirty-four double-page plates showing forty-six plans and views, by Jacques Callot, including a plan of Jerusalem after Antonio de Angelis (1578), woodcut printer's device at end. Eighteenth century tree calf, gilt back ruled with cypher "RD" or "RLD". Marbled endpapers. Minor wear, edges speckled blue-green, old owner's name on colophon "Manuel de la Pena"; ex libris of Sefik E. Atabey on front pastedown; ink stains on the title page and last leaf with some slight transference to other pages. Small hole from ink in last leaf affecting one letter, small hole in the title page blank margin from ink, piece excised (2.75" x 4.75") from upper corner of plate 43, no apparent loss of image; minor marginal stains; burn hole in F1, no loss of text; a manuscript salutation at end of preface in a fine hand is nearly the same as the printed one at the end of the dedication, could this be authorial? A very good copy indeed. Sotheby's Atabey Catalog 2002 lot 25 (this copy, mentioning the excision). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    The first edition of this rare work was published in 1609 in Rome with plates by Antoine Tempesta, with whom the celebrated French engraver Jacques Callot (1592-1635) later worked and with whom went to Florence in 1614. It was there that the dedicatee of this edition, Cosimo II de'Medici, commissioned the plates for this edition. Callot reworked several of the original plates and added nine new ones: they are unique in the work of Callot and made at the beginning of his most productive period..."The format of the work is unusual. The plates were apparently printed first, on double-page sheets, then descriptive letterpress for each plate was set up to be printed on the versos of the plates. If there was more text than could be accommodated on the two versos, a single leaf was set up to print the remainder of the text. These odd leaves were signed as part of the ordinary alphabetic sequence. The author, the Franciscan Bernardo Amico, was Prior of his Order at Jerusalem from 1596 onwards for a period of five years. Many of the buildings now lost are described as they were still preserved at the turn of the sixteenth century." [Blackmer Catalog] Atabey 20 [this copy, not mentioning the excision].

    Navari 31. Blackmer 7. Berlin Cat. 2782. Fowler 19. Tobler 87. Cicognara 3932. Meaume 455-89. Rorricht 837. Laor 940. Lieure, Callot, II,306-352.

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    August, 2015
    5th Wednesday
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