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Acque-Forti Dei Tiepolo - Collezione Di 100 Tavole Riprodotte da C. Jacobi

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Tiepolo. Le Acque-Forti


Ferd. Ongania Edit., Venezia: MDCCCLXXIX.

Physical Description

[8] p., [92] leaves carrying 100 pl. (some dble.); 564 mm.


[Half-t., t.p.] - Tiepolo. Nota Dell'Editore - [Plates] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The title-page border is signed as made by A. Prosdocimi.

The printer of the plates is named again in the colophon: 'C. Jacobi Eseguì In Eliotipia A Spese Di Ferd. Ongania Venezia Via St. Agostino Anno MDCCCLXXX'.

The text printer is named on the half-title verso: 'Venezia, 1879. - Tipografia Emiliana.'


A. Rizzi, L'Opera grafica dei Tiepolo: le acqueforti (English version, The etchings of the Tiepolos) (both 1971); H.D. Russell, Rare etchings by Giovanni Battista and Domenico Tiepolo [exhibition catalogue] (1972).

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Tiepolo. Le Acque-Forti.' The publication-date of 1879 is given on the title page and on the half-title verso, but the date of 1880 is given in the colophon.

A note printed on the half-title verso gives the print-run: 'Edizione di 100 esemplari numerati. N ...'.

Giambattista Tiepolo's etchings consist of the Capricci and the Scherzi di fantasia. Those of his son Giandomenico Tiepolo consist of the Via Crucis, Idee pittoresche sopra la Fugga in Egitto and Raccolta di teste. Giandomenico's brother Lorenzo made nine prints, including the etching of Sta. Thecla freeing Este from the plague. The first plate reproduces a portrait of G.B. Tiepolo engraved by Alexan. Longhi after his own painting.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

The half-title verso is inscribed in ink, '64' - th number of this exemplar in the print-run of one hundred.

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Acque-Forti Dei Tiepolo' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Etchings - Europe - History - 18th century
Art history - Italy - 19th century
Pictorial works - Photographs - Heliotypes - Photomechanical prints - Italy - 19th century


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, source artist
Giandomenico Tiepolo, source artist
Lorenzo Tiepolo, source artist
Ferdinando Ongania, publisher
Carlo Jacobi, photographic printer
Alberto Prosdocimi, engraver
Tipografia Emiliana (Venice), printer