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Memorie Intorno Alle Pubbliche Fabbriche Piu Insigni Della Cittá Di Brescia Raccolte Da Baldassare Zamboni Arciprete Di Calvisano.

Baldassare Camillo Zamboni

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Brescia: Per Pietro Vescovi, MD CCLXXVIII. Con Licenza De Superiori.

Physical Description

ii-viii, 163, [5] p., t.pl., 12 pl. (fold.): illus.; 340 mm. (Quarto.)

Responsibility Note

All numbered plates are signed as drawn by Ab. Gasparo Turbini Archit., and as engraved by Pietro Beceni.

The title-plate vignette is signed as engraved by Beceni. The headpieces of chapters 1, 3-6, are signed as drawn by F[rances]co Battaglioli and engraved by F[rances]co Zucchi. Other headpieces, tailpieces and decorated initials are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by Baldassare Zamponi to the 'Deputati Pubblici Della Città Di Brescia.'


RIBA, Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3737.

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1778 given on the title-plate occurs also with engraver Pietro Beceni's signature on plate XII.

The greater part of the text is a description of the Palazzo della Loggia in Brescia, begun in 1492 and completed in 1572 by L. Beretta with the assistance of Titian, Sansovino, G. Alessi, Palladio and G.A. Rusconi, burnt down in 1575, and re-designed by L. Vanvitelli in 1775. Other sections describe the Palazzo di Broletto, Nuova Piazza and the Cattedrale.

The appendix reprints documents and letters by Sansovino, Alessi, Palladio, Rusconi, Titian, Todeschini, Vanvitelli, A. Covo, D.L. Buzzi, D.P.M. Bagnatore and P.D.L. Binago.

Most plates are captioned. They show plans, elevations and sections of the Palazzo della Loggia. All include a scale-bar in bracci bresciani.


An anastatic reprint was published in 1975 ([Bologna:] A. Forni).


Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 27).

Copy Note

Pages 57-8 have been misbound between pages 62-3.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Le Pubbliche Fabbriche Di Brescia - Zamboni', spine lettered 'R.A.' and 'Brescia. 1778'.

Name as Subject


Architecture - Public Buildings - Italy - Lombardia - Brescia - Palazzo della Loggia - History
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Italy - 18th century


Pietro Vescovi, publisher
Gasparo Turbini, draughtsman
Francesco Battaglioli, draughtsman
Pietro Beceni, engraver
Francesco Zucchi, engraver
Brescia - Deputati Pubblici, dedicatee