Bologna: Per Lelio dalla Volpe Impressore dell’ Instituto delle Scienze / Nella Stamperìa di Lelio dalla Volpe, 1775–1789. Five volumes, complete. 4to [31 by 22 cm], matching contemporary quarter calf with speckled boards; spines with five raised bands, ruled in gilt; red and green spine labels, gilt; red speckled page edges. (8), xvi, 470, (2) + xxxx, 514 + xvi, 508 + xiv, 544 + xii 492 pages; finely engraved titles; engraved and woodcut dedication vignettes and initials; text engravings of coins; tables; 66 engraved plates of coins and medals. Bindings somewhat worn, but sound; tiny holes in spines not affecting the contents; occasional browning and staining. A sound, very good set with only minor occasional faults. Item #6131
A complete set of this vast numismatic compilation, originally part of the Trivulzio family’s libraries and in more modern times part of the personal library of Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli. Indeed, Dr. Bassoli devoted a full chapter of his Antiquarian Books on Coins and Medals to the enormous numismatic compendia compiled by Zanetti and Argelati. Bassoli writes: “Guid’ Antonio Zanetti of Bologna (1741–1791) ... struck on the idea of continuing, under his editorship and at his own expense, Filippo Argelati’s work on Italian mints. Well aware that this was not something he could manage on his own, he endeavoured, with infinite patience and determination, to persuade all of the scholars with whom he was in contact to make some contribution, and encouraged them to write about the mints and coins of their own cities ... The work of Argelati and Zanetti represents a period in the development of numismatics which cannot ever be repeated... By collecting together documents and presenting them for public consumption in book form, these two men planted the seed from which interest in economics and fine book production flowered in Italy. The anthologies they produced can be found in the collections of economists, numismatists and bibliographers alike, for the quality of production as much as for the actual content of the books (vast illustrated series of coins that are, on the whole, accurate and reliable)...” Bassoli 63–66. Brunet 25295. Ciferri 496. Dekesel Z16. Gnecchi 450. Lipsius 443 (“Zannetti”). Ex Giorgio Teodoro Trivulzio (1728–1802), inscribed to him on the front pastedown of the first volume (“Dell’ Illmo Sig Mse Don Teodoro Giorgio Trivulzio”); ex Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli Library, having been purchased by him in 1983 from Vallerini Andrea Libreria Antiquaria; ex Kolbe Sale 108 (lot 274), where it sold for $5750 with the premium.