GINANNI Marc’Antonio – L’arte Del Blasone – 1756

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GINANNI Marc’Antonio – L’arte Del Blasone dichiarata per alfabeto. Con le figure necessarie per la intelligenza de’ termini in molte tavole impresse in rame, e tre indici, due delle voci in franzese, e latino, uno d’ nomi delle famiglie, comunità e società, di cui vi sono l’Ar me blasonate. Del conte Marc’Antonio Ginanni – 1756. In Venezia, presso Guglielmo Zerletti. Full contemporary vellum, boards framed in double embossed fillet, gilt titles and friezes on the spine, raised bands; folio, 33.5 cm; pp. (2b) + 392 + (2b); minimal tears at the corners of the binding, loosened in correspondence with both guard papers, very fresh interior, strong and rustling paper, beautiful marginal copy. Nice full page frontispiece engraved on copper, designed by Andrea Barbiani and engraved by Pietro Monaco, with a knightly tournament scene, red and black title page with vignette, engraved headers, drop caps and endings, 35 copper plates in the text representing a total of 881 Italian families coats of arms. First (and only original) uncommon edition of the work that made the Ravenna-born Ginanni famous. Often considered as the best modern heraldic dictionary, it is an accurate and very precise treatment of the Italian noble families (to whom the work is dedicated), embellished with a remarkable iconographic apparatus, with several hundred representations of shields, heralds and blazons