Notice Sur La Vie De Marc Antoine Raimondi Graveur Bolonais Accompagnée De Reproductions Photographiques De Quelques unes de ses Estampes Par M. Benjamin Delessert.

Benjamin Delessert

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Marc Antoine Raimondi


Paris: Chez Goupil Et Ce, Boulevart Montmartre., Londres: Dque Colnaghi Et Ce, Pall Mall East., 1853. (-1855.)

Physical Description

7 livraisons; [The Royal Academy's set is in two volumes, of 371 mm. and 461 mm. respectively].

General Note

[1er] Livraison: 30 p., [12] pl. on 11 leaves. - 2me Livr.: [4] p., [14] pl. on 12 leaves. - 3me. Livr.: . - 4me. Livr.: . - 5me. Livr.: [4] p., [10] pl. - 6me. Livr.: [4] p., [10] pl. - 7me. Livr.: [4] p., [10] pl. - In the Royal Academy's (incomplete) set the livraisons are arranged in two volumes, the first containing livraisons [1], 5 and 7 and the second containing livraisons 2 and 6.


[1er] Livr.: [T.p.] - Marc Antoine Raimondi - Notes - Note Explicative Des Planches Photographiques - [Plates]. - The 2me. , 5me. - 7me. livraisons all follow the format: [T.p.] - Note Explicative - [Pl.].

Responsibility Note

In some of the photographs the monogram of an artist may be faintly discerned in the print. But details of source-artists and engravers are given in the 'Note Explicative Des Planches'.

The printer is named in livraisons [1], 2 and 6 as 'Imprimerie Centrale De Napoléon Chaix Et Cie.', and in livraisons 5 and 7 as 'Typ. Appert Et Vavasseur'.


R. van Straten, Marcantonio Raimondi and his school: an iconographic index to A. von Bartsch, Le Peintre-graveur, vols. 14, 15 and 16 (1988); I.H. Shoemaker and E. Broun, The engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi (1981); K. Oberhuber, The works of Marcantonio Raimondi and of his school (1978) (26-27 (XIV 1, 2) of The illustrated Bartsch, ed. W. Strauss).

Summary Note

The work appears to have been published serially. The first volume and livraisons 2 and 5 carry the publication date of 1853; livraison 6 that of 1854; livraison 7 that of 1855. The title printed on Livraisons 2, 5-7 is, Marc Antoine Raimondi Par M. Benjamin Delessert ... Livraison ....

Each plate is pasted onto a sheet carrying a brief printed caption and a numeric reference to Bartsch.


9 January 1854: 'Ordered to purchase for the Library Photographic Imitations of the Marc Antonio and Rembrandt Etchings.' (RA Council Minutes, XI, 48).

Copy Note

Imperfect; lacks livraisons 3, 4. Each of the two volumes has a paper label pasted on the upper cover, inscribed in ink in an unidentified hand, 'Marc Antoine Ramondi par M. Benjamin Delessart Vol 1 (2)'. The label on the first volume has been partly removed.

Binding Note

19th-century mottled calf, brown paper-covered boards, rebacked in 1998; spines lettered 'Marc Antoine Raimondi Par Delessert I (2)' and 'RA'.

Name as Subject


Engravers (printmakers), Italian - Engravings, Italian - Italy - 15th century - 16th century - Renaissance
Art history - Biography - France - 19th century
Pictorial works - Photomechanical prints - France - 19th century