MURATORI Lodovico Antonio – Delle antichità Estensi ed Italiane – 1717/1740

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MURATORI Lodovico Antonio – Delle antichità Estensi ed Italiane trattato di Lodovico Antonio Muratori Bibliotecario del Serenissimo Rinaldo I Duca di Modena, Reggio, Mirandola & c. Parte prima in cui si espone l’Origine ed Antichità della Casa d’Este, e la sua diramazione nella Linea Reale ed Elettorale del Regnante Monarca della gran Bretagna Giorgio I e de i Duchi di Brunsuic, e Luneburgo, e nella Linea de’ Marchesi d’Este, de i Duchi di Ferrara, di Modena & c. E si rapportano i Documenti, e le Pruove, che occorrono / Delle Antichità Estensi continuazione, o sia Parte Secondam composta, e dedicata all’Altezza di Serenissima di Francesco III Duca di Modena, Reggio, Mirandola et c. Principe di Carpi, e Correggio, Marchese d’Este, e della Concordia, Conte di Novellara et c. Da Lodovico Antonio Muratori suo Bibliotecario – 1717/1740. In Modena, nella Stamperia Ducale. Half leather with titles and friezes on the spine, marbled boards; folio, 37 x 26,5 cm 2 volumes; pp. (2b) + XXXI + (1b) + (24) + 439 + (3b), (2b) + (16) + 736 + (2b); lower margin of the spine of the first volume reinforced with a leather strip, boards with some paper lacks, slight halos, the most marked at the outer margin of the last leaves of the first volume, overall more than good copy, extremely marginal, on strong and rustling paper. Beautiful full page engraved frontispiece to the first volume with portrait of King George I of England with cherubs and female figures holding a representation of Italy, one putto holding a crown, another crown held by a helmsman on a ship in the background, engraved by Francesco Maria Francia based on a design by Antonio Consetti, engraved vignette with cherubs on the title page of the first volume, woodcut initials, 12 genealogical tables out of the text in the first volume, others in the text, printed fists scattered in correspondence with the various years of which it is narrated the story, on the title page of the second tome an engraved vignette with a portrait of Francesco III engraved by Giuseppe Benedetti based on a design by Domenico Fratta, another genealogical table outside the text. First and important edition of one of Muratori’s most famous works, dedicated to the genealogical study of the Este family and completed over the course of over twenty years of study and work