12 LOVELY HANDCOLORED AQUATINT FOLIO VIEWS OF VENICE
LAZZARI, Antonio. Nuova Raccolta delle Principali Vedute della R. Città di Venezia. Venice: Giovanni Gallo, 1831. Oblong folio, contemporary marbled boards, red morocco cover label. $5500.
First edition of this wonderful collection of views of Venice, with vignette title page and 12 rich aquatints by Antonio Lazzari, all with rich hand-coloring.
Venice had been an independent republic for over 1100 years, during much of which she had been "mistress of the Mediterranean," the principal crossroads between East and West, and the richest and most prosperous commercial center in the civilized world. "No nation has ever presented itself with more panache— confident as the Venetian Republic was… that it would last forever. Coupled with this conceit, were a highly calculated love of ceremony and a gift of publicity" (Jan Morris). Intended for the burgeoning 19th-century tourist trade, this stellar collection of Venetian attractions represents the best achievements of the contemporary artistic and print-making community in Venice, depicting such famous sights as San Marco Square, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. With captions in French and Italian. Not in Cicognara. Bookplate of noted printer and book collector John Nolty.
Foxing to leaves, one text leaf with expert paper repair; prints themselves fine, hand-coloring exceptionally vivid. Spine expertly restored.