FERRARIO, Giulio (1767-1847)
Il costume antico e moderno o storia del governo, della milizia, della religione, delle arti, scienze ed usanze di tutti i popoli antichi e moderni.
Milano : dalla Tipografia dell’Editore, 1818. First Italian language edition. Asia, part IV (including Oceania). One of 300 numbered copies, this being from set no. 60, dedicated to Don Giulio Ottolino. Large quarto, original half red calf over patterned cloth, spine with raised bands with gilt lettering and ornament; original endpapers, pp 610, , with 97 full page hand coloured engraved plates; wide margins; scattered foxing to the text pages (not affecting the plates), plate 13 (Circassian woman) loosened from text block, else very good throughout.
Large format limited edition with exquisite plates of New Holland and Oceania.
The Milanese writer, publisher and engraver Dr. Giulio Ferrario’s monumental pictorial encyclopaedia of costumes of the world, first published simultaneously in Italian (17 parts in 14 volumes) and French editions in Milan between 1816 and 1827, was the largest of its kind produced in the nineteenth century. Each of the first edition volumes was strictly limited to 300 numbered copies, each dedicated to one of the publication’s 300 subscribers and with a unique title page naming the subscriber. The plates in the limited first edition quarto volumes are printed on high quality wove paper, and the calibre of the hand colouring is exceptional. This edition comprised Asie (4 parts, 350 plates), Afrique (2 parts, 160 plates), Amerique (2 parts, 167 plates), and Europe (9 parts, 637 plates). A second Italian quarto edition was issued in Milan in 1827, while octavo editions in Italian were published in Florence (1823-1831), and later in Turin, Livorno and again in Florence.
This volume contains the fourth part of Asia, and it includes Oceania. The text is drawn from the published voyage narratives of Cook, Labillardière, Baudin and others, with the descriptions of New Holland being also partly based on those of White and Collins. The superb plates are mostly after Baudin’s artists, Nicolas Petit and Charles Lesueur, and Cook’s artist, John Webber. There are sections on Nuova Olanda (382-410, with 9 plates); Nuova Zelanda (412-423, with 5 plates); Nouva Caledonia (424-430, with 3 plates); Arcipelago dello Spirito Santo o Nuove Ebridi (431-439); Isole di Salomone e Santa-Cruz (440-442); Arcipelago delle Luisiade della Nuova Bretagna ec. (443-447, with 1 plate); Terra de’ Papu o Nuova Guinea (448-452, with 1 plate); Polinesia (453-462, with 3 plates); Isole Mariana (463-473); Arcipelago delle Caroline (474-480); Isole Malgrave (481-2); Isole degli Amici (483-498, with 3 plates); Isole de’ Navigatori (499-505); Isole della Societa (506-547, with 8 plates, including one of Easter Island); Isole Marchesi (548-559, with 2 plates), and Isole Sandwich (560-587, with 6 plates).
Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 450 (the first French language edition, also describing the various Italian language editions)
No set or individual volumes of the first Italian language edition recorded in Australian collections; The National Library of Australia holds a set of the first French language edition.