Record number 03/1992
Author Accademia Ercolanese di Archeologia
TitleDe' Bronzi Di Ercolano E Contorni Incisi Con Qualche Spiegazione Tomo Primo. Busti. (Secondo. Statue.)
ImprintNapoli: Nella Regia Stamperia., MDCCLXVII(-MDCCLXXI).
Physical Description2 vols., [190] pl.: illus.; 483 mm. (Folio).
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [iv], xlv, [i], 280 [i.e. 122], [10], 35, [1] [i.e. 32], [2]p., frontis. (port.), [87] pl. (2 folding). - Vol. II: [iv], xl, [i], 423 [i.e. 225], [15] p., frontis. (port.), [101] pl. The discrepancy between the printed pagination and the actual number of pages of text is explained by the fact that the plates were treated as pages and numbered continuously with the text pages adjacent to them - with the exception of the frontispieces and one plate in vol.1 inserted between p.16 and 17 of the Descrizione Del Modello, which is numbered 'Pag. 17'.

Some issues have xxxvi preliminary pages in Volume I in place of the xlv in the Academy's copy, and vii pages in Volume II in place of the xl in the Academy's copy. The Millard copy is described as having 88 plates in Volume I.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione [with 5 pl.] - [Plates, with descriptive text on LXXVI pl. - Bassirilievi [with 3 pl.] - Alcune Observazioni - Indice Delle Cose Notabili - Modello Di Una Nave A Tre Ordini Di Remi [with 3 pl. (2 fold.)] - Indice. - Vol. II: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione [with 2 pl.] - [Plates, with descriptive text on CXIX pl.] - Alcune Osservazioni - Indice Delle Cose Notabili.
Summary NoteHalf-titles read: 'Delle Antichità Di Ercolano Tomo Quinto (Sesto) O Sia Primo (Secondo) De' Bronzi'.

These volumes conform with those on Le Pitture Antiche Di Ercolano. They describe bronzes according to type, with brief indications of find-spots and dates of finds (chiefly from Portici and Resina (in a few cases the Villa Dei Papiri is specified), occasionally Civita and Gragnano), but with helpful explanatory notes incorporating quotations from Latin and ancient Greek sources and bibliographic references. Several objects are shown from more than one angle; and most include a scale of measurement (Roman and Neapolitan palmi).
Responsibility NoteAccording to the R.I.B.A. catalogue the text was prepared by Pasquale Carcani.

Although King Ferdinand of Naples attained his majority in 1767, the two volumes carry the same frontispiece portrait of King Charles (as King of Spain) and title-page vignette (also a portrait of King Charles) as appeared in volumes II-IV of the 'Pitture'. The portrait is signed by Camillus Paderni as draughtsman and Philippus Morghen as engraver; tghe title-page vignette by 'Gio. Morgh.' as draughtsman and 'Filip. Morgh.' as engraver. Most of the plates are signed. Draughtsmen include V. Campana, G. Casanova, G. Morghen, P. de la Vega and N. Vanni. Engravers include G. Alloja, N. Billy, L. Boilly, F. Campana, P. Campana, A. Cataneo, F. Cepparoli, N. Fiorillo, G. Furlanetti, F. de Grado, P.L. Mancini, F. Morghen, C. Nolli, C. Orazi, R. Pozzi, F. Sesona and F. Strina.

The dedication to Charles III is by 'Gli Accademici Ercolanesi'.
SubjectCelebrities - Portraits
Bronzes, Roman - Antiquities, Roman - Sculpture, Roman - Busts - Statues - Italy - Campania - Naples - Herculaneum (Extinct city) - Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum) - Portici - History
Archaeology - Excavations - Collections - Italy - Campania - Naples - Portici - Herculaneum (Extinct city) - Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum) - 18th century
Catalogues - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century
ReferencesNational Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), 1; Royal Institute Of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early Printed Books, 1 (1994), no. 112.

On the impact of the publication of the excavations see the bibliographic note on Le Pitture Antiche D'Ercolano E Contorni (1757-79).
Binding NoteContemporary mottled calf, with the royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.' gilt-stamped on upper covers; rebacked, with red and black or green morocco spine-labels, lettered 'Pitture D'Ercolano. Tomo V (VI)'.
ProvenancePurchased by 1780. (RAA CIM III, 109-10, 1801).
Variant TitleDelle Antichità Di Ercolano Tomo Quinto (Sesto) O Sia Primo (Secondo) De' Bronzi.
Contributors Carlos III, King of Spain, 1716 - 1788, dedicatee
Vanni, Niccolo, fl. 1750 - 1770, draughtsman
Morghen, Giovanni Elia, 1721 - after 1789
Casanova, Giovanni Battista, 1730 - 1795, draughtsman
Campana, Vincenzo, fl. 1750fl. 1787, draughtsman
La Vega, P. de, fl. 1760fl. 1792, draughtsman
Nolli, Carlo, 1720 - ca. 1776, engraver
Cepparoli, Francesco, fl. 1750 - 1767, engraver
Fiorillo, Nicola, fl. 1760-1795, engraver
Campana, Ferdinando, fl. 1750fl. 1790s, engraver
Campana, Pietro, 1725 - 1779?, engraver
Billy, Niccolo, fl. 1750-1790s, engraver
Morghen, Filippo, 1730 - after 1807, engraver
Grado, Filippo de, fl. 1728 - 1792, engraver
Aloja, Giuseppe Antonio, fl. 1751 - 1792, engraver
Orazi, Carlo, 1765, engraver
Pozzi, Rocco, 1780?, engraver
Sesone, Francesco, 1705 -, engraver
Mancini, P. L., fl. ca. 1767 - 1771?, engraver
Strina, Ferdinando, fl. 1730fl. 1792, engraver
Boilly, Louis, 1735 -, engraver
Cataneo, Aniello, 1743? - after 1806, engraver
Furlanetti, Giuseppe, fl. 1770fl. 1790, engraver
Carcani, Pasquale, 1721 - 1783
Paderni, Camillo, fl. 1738-17691769, draughtsman
Naples. Regia Stamperia. printer
Series TitleDelle Antichità Di Ercolano; Tomo 5, 6.
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