Extremely rare complete set of 2 volumes. Typ. Regiae Celsitudinis, Florence, 1723. First edition. folio, 336x222 mm; quarter calf binding, gilt title and ornaments. Polychrome sprayed edges. Title pages in red and black ink and vignette engraved on copper in both volumes. Illustrations and plates engraved on copper by V. Franceschini, T. Redi, C. Mogalli, T. Vercruysse e F.L.A. scul. Vol. I: Portrait at full page out text of Duke Cosimo III engraved on copper by Tommaso Redi, LXXIX numbered plates engraved on copper, of which 3 on double pages and 3 foldouts. Initial letters and ornaments engraved on copper. Vol. II: Portrait on full page of Ioannes Gasto, engraved on copper by Vincenzo Franceschini, 1 folded greographic map with the title: “Etruria vetus et nova”, numbered plates from LXXX to LXXXXIII engraved on copper. Initial letters and ornaments engraved on copper. The volume also contains: 'Ad monumenta Etrusca operi dempsteriano addita explicationes et conjecturae'. A fine copy. This is the first edition of the work of Scottish historian Thomas Dempster, for which he became famous. The work was commissioned by Cosimo III of Tuscany and it is considered as the first detailed study of every aspect of Etruscan civilization. The work was published posthumously more than a century after its creation thanks to the interest of Thomas Coke and contains a large collection of antiquarian, historical and archaeological materials on ancient Etruria, so Dempster can be considered the precursor of studies of Etruscan studies. Cicognara, cf. 2569, indicates the same edition but with fewer plates and one portrait. Language: Latin. Relevant subjects: Rome.
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