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CAPRIATA Pietro Giovanni – The History Of The Wars Of Italy – 1663


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CAPRIATA Pietro Giovanni – The History of the Wars of Italy from the year MDCXIII to the Year MDCXLIV. In XVIII Books. Written originally in Italian, by Pietro Giovanni Capriata, Dr at Law. And rendred in English by Henry Earl of Monmouth – 1663. London, printed by J. Macock. Full leather with handwritten titles, raised bands and gilt friezes on the nails; quarto, 28.5 cm; pp. (2b) + (12) + 797 + (5b); very slight traces of use to the binding, giving about 5 cm to the upper front hinge that does not affect the strength of the binding, first blank leaf partially detached, overall a good copy on very fresh and crunchy papers. Small woodcut vignette on the title page, beautiful double-page copper plate (with a slight halo in the upper part and probably re-glued) with a central view of the city of Rome with the papal coat of arms and 12 other smaller views on the sides (St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica of St. Paul, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Basilica of San Sebastiano outside the walls, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Loreto, Naples, Pozzuoli, Malta and Lucca), ex libris Sir John Dashwood King. First – and very rare – English translation of the Capriata war chronicle, here embellished with a beautiful table with 13 views engraved in copper