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Descrizione Degl'Istromenti Armonici D'Ogni Genere Del Padre Bonanni Seconda Edizione Riveduta, Corretta, Ed Accresciuta Dall'Abbate Giacinto Ceruti Ornata Con CXL. Rami Incisi D'Arnoldo Wanwesterout Description Des Instrumens Harmoniques En tout Genre Par le Pere Bonanni Seconde Edition Revue Corrigée, etAugmentée Par L'Abbé Hiacinthe Ceruti avec CXL Planches gravées Par Arnauld Wanwesterout

Filippo Bonanni

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Description Des Instrumens Harmoniques En tout Genre


In Roma: MDCCLXXVI, A Spese Di Venanzio Monaldini Libraro Al Corso

Physical Description

[v]-xvi [i.e. xi], xxiii, [i], 214, [ii] p., engr. t.-pl. (dble.), 140 pl. (1 dble.); 273 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

Pages [v]-xvi are preceded by the double-sheet engraved title-plate, which has been counted by the printer as pages i-iv. There is one double plate (pl. 33). There are bis plates 18 and 29 ('XXIX.2'). Plate XXIX.2 is misplaced after pl. XXX. Most plates carry a number referring to the page of text where they are described.


[Engr. t.-pl.; Dedic.;] Approvazione - Avvertimento / Avis - Prefazione / Preface - Indice De' Capitoli / Table Des Chapitres - Indice Degl' Istromenti / Table Des Instrumens - Imprimatur; Reimprimatur - [Text, incl. description of plates] - Indice delle Materie / Table des Matieres - Fautes A Corriger / Errori - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The title-plate is signed as designed by Vinc. Brenna and engraved by Franc. Rastaini. No other plate is signed.

The publication is dedicated by Giuseppe Antonio Monaldini to Don Filippo Caetani.


D. Bodart, L'oeuvre du graveur Arnold van Westerhout (1651-1725): essai de catalogue raisonné (1976).

Summary Note

The musical instruments are classed into three groups: wind ('da Fiato'), strings ('sonori per la tensione'), and percussion. The plates show them being played.


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in A Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf, the upper cover gilt-stamped with the royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.'; rebacked in 20th century, spine decorated in blind, and gilt-stamped 'R.A.', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Istromenti Armonica Di Bonanni'.


Musical instruments - Musicians - History
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century