De' Bronzi Di Ercolano E Contorni Incisi Con Qualche Spiegazione Tomo Primo. Busti. (Secondo. Statue.)

Accademia Ercolanese di Archeologia

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Variant Title

Delle Antichità Di Ercolano Tomo Quinto (Sesto) O Sia Primo (Secondo) De' Bronzi.


Napoli: MDCCLXVII(-MDCCLXXI)., Nella Regia Stamperia.

Physical Description

2 vols., [190] pl.: illus.; 483 mm. (Folio).

Series Title

Delle Antichità Di Ercolano ;: Tomo 5, 6.

General Note

Vol. I: [iv], xlv, [i], 280 [i.e. 122], [10], 35, [1] [i.e. 32], [2]p., frontis. (port.), [87] pl. (2 folding). - Vol. II: [iv], xl, [i], 423 [i.e. 225], [15] p., frontis. (port.), [101] pl. The discrepancy between the printed pagination and the actual number of pages of text is explained by the fact that the plates were treated as pages and numbered continuously with the text pages adjacent to them - with the exception of the frontispieces and one plate in vol.1 inserted between p.16 and 17 of the Descrizione Del Modello, which is numbered 'Pag. 17'.

Some issues have xxxvi preliminary pages in Volume I in place of the xlv in the Academy's copy, and vii pages in Volume II in place of the xl in the Academy's copy. The Millard copy is described as having 88 plates in Volume I.


Vol. I: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione [with 5 pl.] - [Plates, with descriptive text on LXXVI pl. - Bassirilievi [with 3 pl.] - Alcune Observazioni - Indice Delle Cose Notabili - Modello Di Una Nave A Tre Ordini Di Remi [with 3 pl. (2 fold.)] - Indice. - Vol. II: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione [with 2 pl.] - [Plates, with descriptive text on CXIX pl.] - Alcune Osservazioni - Indice Delle Cose Notabili.

Responsibility Note

According to the R.I.B.A. catalogue the text was prepared by Pasquale Carcani.

Although King Ferdinand of Naples attained his majority in 1767, the two volumes carry the same frontispiece portrait of King Charles (as King of Spain) and title-page vignette (also a portrait of King Charles) as appeared in volumes II-IV of the 'Pitture'. The portrait is signed by Camillus Paderni as draughtsman and Philippus Morghen as engraver; tghe title-page vignette by 'Gio. Morgh.' as draughtsman and 'Filip. Morgh.' as engraver. Most of the plates are signed. Draughtsmen include V. Campana, G. Casanova, G. Morghen, P. de la Vega and N. Vanni. Engravers include G. Alloja, N. Billy, L. Boilly, F. Campana, P. Campana, A. Cataneo, F. Cepparoli, N. Fiorillo, G. Furlanetti, F. de Grado, P.L. Mancini, F. Morghen, C. Nolli, C. Orazi, R. Pozzi, F. Sesona and F. Strina.

The dedication to Charles III is by 'Gli Accademici Ercolanesi'.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), 1; Royal Institute Of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early Printed Books, 1 (1994), no. 112.

On the impact of the publication of the excavations see the bibliographic note on Le Pitture Antiche D'Ercolano E Contorni (1757-79).

Summary Note

Half-titles read: 'Delle Antichità Di Ercolano Tomo Quinto (Sesto) O Sia Primo (Secondo) De' Bronzi'.

These volumes conform with those on Le Pitture Antiche Di Ercolano. They describe bronzes according to type, with brief indications of find-spots and dates of finds (chiefly from Portici and Resina (in a few cases the Villa Dei Papiri is specified), occasionally Civita and Gragnano), but with helpful explanatory notes incorporating quotations from Latin and ancient Greek sources and bibliographic references. Several objects are shown from more than one angle; and most include a scale of measurement (Roman and Neapolitan palmi).


Purchased by 1780. (RAA CIM III, 109-10, 1801).

Copy Note

Binding Note

Contemporary mottled calf, with the royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.' gilt-stamped on upper covers; rebacked, with red and black or green morocco spine-labels, lettered 'Pitture D'Ercolano. Tomo V (VI)'.


Celebrities - Portraits
Bronzes, Roman - Antiquities, Roman - Sculpture, Roman - Busts - Statues - Italy - Campania - Naples - Herculaneum (Extinct city) - Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum) - Portici - History
Archaeology - Excavations - Collections - Italy - Campania - Naples - Portici - Herculaneum (Extinct city) - Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum) - 18th century
Catalogues - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Carlos III King of Spain, dedicatee
Niccolo Vanni, draughtsman
Giovanni Elia Morghen
Giovanni Battista Casanova, draughtsman
Vincenzo Campana, draughtsman
P. de La Vega, fl. 1760-1792, draughtsman
Carlo Nolli, engraver
Francesco Cepparoli, engraver
Nicola Fiorillo, engraver
Ferdinando Campana, engraver
Pietro Campana, engraver
Niccolo Billy, engraver
Filippo Morghen, engraver
Filippo de Grado, engraver
Giuseppe Antonio Aloja, engraver
Carlo Orazi, engraver
Rocco Pozzi, engraver
Francesco Sesone, engraver
P. L. Mancini, engraver
Ferdinando Strina, engraver
Louis Boilly, engraver
Aniello Cataneo, engraver
Giuseppe Furlanetti, engraver
Pasquale Carcani
Camillo Paderni, draughtsman
Naples - Regia Stamperia, printer