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Gemmae Antiquae Ex Thesauro Mediceo Et Privatorum Dactyliothecis Florentiae Exhibentes Tabulis C. Imagines Virorum Illustrium Et Deorum Cum Observationibus Antonii Francisci Gorii Publici Historiarum Professoris.

Antonio Francesco Gori

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Museo Fiorentino; [1].


Florentiae.: Anno. M.D.CC.XXXI., Ex Typographia Michaelis Nestenus Et Francisci Moücke. Praesidum Permissu.

Physical Description

lii, 185, [xix] p., 100 pl.; 454 mm. (Quarto).

Series Title

Museum Florentinum;: [1].


[Half-t., add. t.-p. (series title), t.-p., dedic.] - Ad Lectorem Praefatio - Index Gemmarum - Prospectus [table of contents] - Observationes In Gemmas - Index Rerum - Addenda Et Corrigenda; Approbationes; Chartarum Series [binder's register]; [colophon]. - [Plates.]

Responsibility Note

All the plates are signed as drawn by Ioan. Dominicus Campiglia. Some are also signed by him as engraver, but most are signed by other engravers: Carol. Bart. Gregori, Cosmus Mogalli, Baldas. Gabbuggiani, Vincentius Franceschini, Ferd. Ruggieri, Petrus Masini, Philippus Valle, Sintes and Silv. Pomarede. The other decorations (headpieces, tailpieces, vignettes and historiated capitals) are all signed as drawn by Campiglia, and as engraved by C. Gregori, V. Franceschini or I.B. Iacobonus.

The work is dedicated to Gian Gastone, Grand Duke of Tuscany by the 'Auctores Editionis'.

Summary Note

Best-known as an Etruscan scholar, Gori was also an expert on ancient gems. He later published catalogues of the collections of A.M. Zanetti (1750) and consul Smith (1767).

The 'Index Gemmarum' lists them in the groupings, 1. emperors, famous men; 2. kings, queens, heroes; 3. philosophers, orators, poets, muses; 4. divinities.


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century diced calf; gilt-decorated spine; spine lettered, 'Museum Florentinu Tom II'. (This numbering is incorrect. This is the first volume of the series; the second appeared in 1732.)


Gods, Roman - Gods, Greek
Celebrities, Roman - Portraits - History
Gems, Roman - Gems, Greek - History
Collections - Italy - Florence - 18th century
Manuals - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century