Naples: , 1820. Twenty-Four Superb Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates Depicting The Street Vendors of Naples[CHIUSOLE, Count Adam]. [Itinerario delle Pitture, Sculture, ed Architetture plu' rare di molte citta d'Italia…]. [The Street Vendors of Naples] [n.p., n.d., ca. 1820]. Small quarto (5 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches; 130 x107 mm.). Twenty-four magnificent hand-colored aquatint plates watermarked "J. Whatman", each image approximately 3 x 4 inches: 78 x 103 mm., surrounded by a black ink border. Contemporary quarter red morocco over red patterned boards, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spine ruled in gilt. A fine copy housed in the original matching (slightly worn) red paper over boards slip-case.A fascinating and very amusing little book. The detail of the plates and the richness and delicacy of the hand-coloring are of the highest quality. The only reference we could find to this book was in a 1940 Maggs Brothers catalog whose entry reads " ITALY. CHIUSOLE (cav. Adamo). Itinerario delle Pitture, Sculture, ed Architetture plu' rare di molte citta d'Italia, del Cav. Adamo Chiusole roveretano fra gli arcadi vergisio sipiliano. Illustrated with 24 finely coloured plates. Square 12mo, original boards, uncut. Vicenza, 1782]. The Maggs copy was apparently the Naples section with the complete 24 plates, and had the same captions as the present copy. The plates:1. Il Calesse di Resina (No. 6) A Two-Wheeled Carriage of Resina2. Il Calessino di Napoli (No. 5) A Two-Wheeled Carriage of Naples3. Il Mellonaro (No. 2) A Watermelon Vendor4. Venditor di Fiori (No. 4) A Flower Seller5. L'Acquajolo (No. 1) A Water Carrier6. Il Maccaronaro (No. 3) A Macaroni Vendor7. Lampognaro che sa ballare i Pupi (No. 12) The Puppeteers Dance8. Venditore di Franfellichi (No. 10) A Franfellichi (Sweet) Vendor9. Il Cantor di Prinaldo sul Molo (No. 9) A Cantor of Rinaldo on the Pier10. La Tarantella (No. 7) The Tarantella Dance11. Il Teatrino di Pulcinella (No. 8) A Punch and Judy Theatre12 La Novena di Natale (No. 11) The Ninth Day of Christmas13. Lazzaroni Napoletani (No. 18) The Lazzaroni of Naples14. Il Giuoco di Morra (No. 17) The Game of Morra15. (4) Gesti Napoletani (No. 16) Neopolitan Gestures #416. (3) Gesti Napoletani (No. 15) Neopolitan Gestures #317. (2) Gesti Napoletani (No. 14) Neopolitan Gestures #218. (1) Gesti Napoletani (No. 13) Neopolitan Gestures #119. Il Fruttajolo (No. 4) A Greengrocer/Fruiterer20. Il Marcatore di Santilli (No. 1) A Tattoo Artist21. Il Sorbettiere ambulante (No. 2) A Sherbert Vendor22. L'Erbajolo (No. 3) A Herb Vendor23. La Bottega di Cagio ed Olio (No. 6) A Ham and Oil Shop24. Venditore di Frutti di Mare a S.ta Lucia (No. 5) A Seafood Seller in Santa Lucia.
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