16mo. viii, 520pp. Line engraved illustration on title page. Rebound from the original in contemporary half tan leather, with marbled boards and red fore-edges. Six, gilt compartment spine with black leather and gilt lettered label. Rubbed edges. Front joint has cracked at its base [see pictures], however the binding is still firm. Light staining to endpapers, as well as previous owner’s bookplate. Besides some light foxing to preliminaries, content is exceptionally bright, clean and well preserved. The binding is firm and the text complete. Rare first edition of the definitive guide to 19th century Milan. Divided into 11 chapters, it provides a comprehensive account of the art, architecture and life of the city. Chapters include a plan for a 10-day city tour and an overview of notable personalities of the city (architects, painters and sculptors). It was one of the most important guides of the city and was printed continuously until 1830.
Pirovano; Francesco, Nuova Guida di Milano: Milano nuovamente descritta dal pittore Francesco Pirovano; co’ suoi stabilimenti di scienze, di pubblica beneficenza, ed amministrazione, chiese, palagi, teatri, ec., loro pitture e sculture, Milano, dalla tipografia di Giovanni Silvestri, 1822
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