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Lucernae Fictiles Musei Passerii.

Giovanni Battista Passeri author draughtsman

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Giovanni Battista Passeri, author, draughtsman


Sumtibus Academiae Pisaurensis., Pisauri;: M.DCC.XXXIX. (-M.DCC.LI.), In Aedibus Gavelliis Superiorum Permissu.

Physical Description

3 vols.; 355 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

Vol. I: [xvi], xxviii, 92 p., frontis. (port.), 105, [1] pl. Plate 91 is misnumbered as 89. The unnumbered pl. is inscribed 'proleg. pag. II.' - Vol. II: [x], xii, 73, [1] p., [1], 104 pl. The unnumbered pl. is inscribed 'Praef. pag. II.' - Vol. III: [viii], xvi, 147, [1] p., illus., [1], 110 pl. The unnumbered pl. is inscribed 'Praef. pag. II.'


Vol. I: [Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - Catalogus Eorum, Qui Societati Nomen Dederunt - Imprimatur - Ordo Prolegomenorum - Joannis Baptistae Passerii J.C. In Veteres Lucernas Prolegomena, et Notae - Index Tabularum - [Pl. I-CV] - Notae - Index Rerum. - Vol. II: [T.p., dedic.] - Additio Ad Catalogum Eorum, Qui Societati Nomen Dederunt - Joannis Baptistae Passerii J.C. Praefatio - Ad Praeclarissimum Virum Joannem Baptistam Passerium [poem by Ignatius Maria Comus] - Index Tabularum - [Pl. I-CIIII] - Joannis Baptistae Passerii J.C. In Veteres Lucernas Notae - Index Rerum. - Vol. III: [T.p., dedic.] - Joannis Baptistae Passerii J.C. De Ampulla Sepulcrali Circensem Pompam Referente Dissertatio - [Plates I-] - Notae - Index Tabularum - Index Rerum - Errata.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece of Volume I (portrait of the dedicatee) is signed as drawn by Joseph Menabuoni and engraved by Carlo Gregori. Almost all plates are signed as drawn by Giuseppe Menabuoni, and as engraved by Vincenzo Franceschini, but some as engraved by Menabuoni, Sante Manelli, Joseph de Benedictis, Jos. Papini, P. Ant. Pazzi, Carlo Faucci, B. Sgrilli, C. Gregori, M. A. Corsi, J. Medici, N. Lebrun, N. Mogalli, J. Gavelli, A. Fiaschi or F. Bartolozzi. Plate 99 of Volume I and plate 96 of Volume III and the unnumbered plates of Volumes I, II and III, the title-page vignettes and some other decorations are signed as drawn by Passeri and engraved by Franceschini.

All three volumes are dedicated by the Academia Pisaurensis to Cardinal Federico Marcello Lante Montefeltro Della Rovere.

Summary Note

Doubt has been cast on the authenticity of most lamps shown here. O. Kurz, Fakes (1948) described Passeri's collection as 'one of the greatest assemblages of fakes ever brought together'; and H.B. Walters, History of ancient pottery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman (1905) omitted references to Passeri's work 'as it has been shown by Dr. Dressel that nearly all those published by him are false'.


Purchased by 1780. Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Copy Note

In Volume I the unnumbered plate, although inscribed 'proleg. pag. II', has been inserted after page 2 of the Notes. In Volume III there are two copies of plate 57.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf; upper covers stamped with royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.'; gilt-decorated spine, lettered 'Vol. I(-III)' and 'R.A. 1739 (1743, 1751)'. 20th-century brown morocco spine-labels, lettered, 'Passerii Lucernae Fictiles'.

Name as Subject


Antiquities, Roman - Lamps - Pottery - Italy - Pesaro - History
Collections - Forgeries - Italy - Pesaro - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Vincenzo Franceschini, engraver
Niccolo Gavelli
Carlo Bart. Gregori, engraver
Giuseppe Menabuoni, draughtsman, engraver
Antonio Pazzi, engraver
Sante Manelli, engraver
Giuseppe Benedetti, engraver
Jos. Papini, engraver
Carlo Faucci, engraver
Bernardo Sansone Sgrilli, engraver
Marcantonio Corsi, engraver
Joseph Medici, engraver
N. Lebrun, engraver
Niccolo Mogalli, engraver
Jos. Gavelli, engraver
A. Fiaschi, engraver
Francesco Bartolozzi RA, engraver
Academia Pisaurensis