A rare complete serie of 4 copper engravings view printed by Remondini in Bassano in 1760 ca after George Balthasar Probst showing the Greenland Whale Fishery with polar bears (coloured in brown!), large boats and ships in the sea. Below title in Latin and French.
The vue d’optique (vue perspective or perspective view) was a genre of etching very popular during the second half of the 18th century and into the 19th.
Vues d’optique were specifically developed to provide the illusion of depth when viewed through a zograscope or a peep box. By their nature these kind of etchings are often with several traces of use, early mounting, little tears or margins trimmed but are surely really fascinating pieces of history.
Lovely aquatint view of Palazzo Vescovile in Pistoia from ?Viaggi in Italia per Francesco Gandini, ovvero descrizione Geografica Storica Pittorica Statistica Postale e Commerciale dell?Italia? by Francesco Gandini published in Cremona in 1833.
This Lafrery map is based on the Forlani view of Venice of 1566, and was engraved by G.Franco. Published by Giovanni Orlandi in Rome in 1602, the plate also bears the signature of C. Duchetti, the nephew and successor to Lafreri. Very Rare. Novacco, 144. [cod.1070/15]
Decorative pictorial map of Sicily published in Brescia exclusively for school’s teachers.
Shows the major towns and their most characteristic building, streets, agricultural and famous products. (see the tuna near Favignana and the swordfish near Messina).
The volume number 8 on Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria from the famous work by Johannes Georgius Graevius: Thesaurus Antiquitatum et Historiarum Italiae, Etruriam, Umbriae, Sabinorum et Latii published in Leiden in 1723 by Petrus Vande Aa. Complete with all text, portraits/plates. Very fine and detailed plan of Florence engraved by F. De Witt.
One of the most interesting and fundamental work on scientific instruments of XVII and XVIII century. Softcover 417 pages and 63 illustrations. Published in 1953 by Press Universitaires de France. In good condition.