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Rome, Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi, 1680, . Hardcover, Oblong folio, pp. Near contemporary full calf, six raised bands to spine with gilt titles and decoration to spine, these somewhat rubbed, joints rubbed and starting from top and bottom edges, boards decorated with gilt rules and corner tool, edges and corners of boards rubbed, a.e.g., bookplates of Victor Albert George Child Villiers, Earl of Jersey, Osterley Park, and John Tolhurst F.S.A to front pastedown, contents clean and bright, engraved title to each work and 72 engraved plates (1st work engraved title and 14 plates, 2nd work engraved title and 14 plates, 3rd work 43 engraved plates including title and additional plate at end).
Pietro Santi Bartoli was born near Perugia in 1635 but moved to Rome as a youth, where he studied painting under Jean Lemaire and Poussin. Although he had trained as a painter, he specialised as a draughtsman, excelling as a copyist after the Antique. In this latter capacity he joined the household of Cardinal Camillo Massimi: two volumes of drawings that he made while in this employment are preserved, one in the University Library, Glasgow, and the other in the College Library, Eton. Bartoli is best known as an engraver of antique subjects. His several volumes of such prints were famous in their day, sometimes running into a number of different editions.