- Parma, Italy: Nel Regal Palazzo, Co' Tipi Bodoniani (Bodoni for Regal Palazzo), 1800.
- later red half morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments
- 8, xxvii; 14, xliii; 11, xxxiii pages, followed by 35 plates, one folding
Price: $15,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 136914
First folio edition, which was considered the sumptous deluxe edition in folio, with the text printed in three parts: Italian (by De Rossi), French (by De Lama), and Spanish (by Baroni and Arteaga). Recorded by Giani as "rarissima e preziose" and was limited to 200 copies. French title PEINTURES D'ANTONIO ALLEGRI SURNOMMÉ LE CORREGE QUI EXISTENT A PARME DANS LE COUVENT DE SAINT PAUL (A Parme Dans Le Palais Royal, Avec Les Caracteres de Bodoni). Brooks 775; Lester, pp. 133-134. Extremities rubbed, upper joint cracked at foot. Some light foxing throughout. Rebound by the Zaehnesdorf Company, with the bookbinder's ticket stamped verso on the front free endpaper.
Contains thirty-five engraved plates reproducing frescoes by the famed Renaissance painter Correggio executed in 1519 at the Monastero de San Paolo in Parma. Folding engraved plate showing placement of frescos. The engravings were done by Francesco Rosaspina after the Portuguese artist Francisco Vieira. Dedicated to the recently married Louis of Bourbon-Parma and the Infanta Maria Luisa of Spain. Although the Duke of Parma first approved the project in 1790, the artists were not allowed into the Camera di San Paolo until 1795. They spent one full day in the room recording the frescoes. The drawings were to have been sent to Rome for engraving by Raffaello Sanzio Morghen. Much to the dissatisfaction of Bodoni's patron, Morghen could not take on the project. Bodoni instead selected his friend Francesco Rosaspina, who had been one of the artists allowed into the Camera in 1795. Despite the disparaging comments of his patron, Bodoni's choice was a wise one- the finished result is beautiful. One of Bodoni's most sophisticated and exceptional works.
Provenance: The resultant work is an exceptional one and this copy comes from the distinguished collection of Robert Hoe, with his bookplate and that of his son Arthur. Robert Hoe apparently had two copies of the book, of which this one was sold in his sale part IV, 11 November 1912, lot 825 bound in half calf, later sold at Swann Galleries, 16 April 1998, lot 28.