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Le Maschere Sceniche E Le Figure Comiche D'Antichi Romani Descritte Brevemente Da Francesco De' Ficoroni Socio della Reale Accademia di parigi. Impressione Seconda.

Francesco Ficoroni

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Roma: Nella Stamperia del Bernabò, e Lazzarini,, MDCCXLVIII. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

[8], [1-]227, [1] p., 84 [i.e. 85] pl. ( 1 fold.); 259 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

The pl. are numbered 'P[rim]o.', 'II'-'LXXXIII' and 'Ult[im]o'. There is a bis plate 44 ('XXXXIV. 2o.'). The folding pl. is pl. II. Plates 74 and 75 have been bound in in reverse order.


[T.p., dedic.] - Al Lettore - Ad Romam In Honorem Præclarissimi Viri D. Francisci Ficoronii ... Ignatii Mariæ Comi Neapolitani Elegia - Approvazione - Reimprimatur - [Text, with pl.] - Avvertimento al Lettore su gli errori occorsi nella stampa di quest'Opera.

Responsibility Note

Most plates are unsigned. Fourteen are signed as engraved by Silvester Pomarede (4, 7, 20, 29, 30, 44b, 51-3, 61), B. de Petris (48) or Francesco Mazzoni (73, 80).

This impression is dedicated by Venanzio Monaldini to Alessandro Pascoli.

Summary Note

The work was first published in 1736.

The plates show ancient representations of masks and comic characters, with captions indicating whether they are taken from gems, paste, metal or other objects.


A reprint was published in 1978 (Sala Bolognese: A Forni).


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

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf; rebacked by Paling in 1996, retaining earlier gilt-decorated spine-piece, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Ficoroni Maschere Sceniche'.


Masks, Roman - Theatre design - Comedy - Latin drama (Comedy) - History
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


Bernabò, printer
Gregorio Lazzarini, printer
Silvester Pomarede, engraver
B. de Petris, engraver
Francesco Mazzoni, engraver
Alessandro Pascoli, dedicatee
Robert Paling, binder