2 Antique Prints-CEYLON-SRI LANKA-1827



Plate 64: Ceylon vegetation and monkeys. Plate 65: Rajah Singa and his court audience. Plus text section on Ceylon-Maldives and Laquedives.


Description: These rare attractive original old antique prints / plates  plus text Plate 64originate from: ‘Il Costume Antico e Moderno …’ , by Giulio Ferrario, published in Milan in 21 volumes by Antonio Fortunato Stella in 1827 (first edition, second issue). The 17 volumes of the first issue were published sequentially between c. 1815/1816 until 1826 after first being issued in 143 weekly installments. The work appeared in Italian and French and has a total of 1500 plates. This plate is probably from the French edition titled: ‘Le Costume ancien et moderne, ou histoire du gouvernement, de la milice, de la religiondes arts, sciences et usages de tous les peuples ancien et modernes.’ Smaller size editions with smaller much less elaborate plates were published in Florence (1823-38), Naples (1831-42) and even a 16mo. edition in Livorno (1830)..

Artists and Engravers: Made G. Castellini and G. Zancon. Giulio Ferrario was founder of the ‘Societa Tipografica de Classici Italiani’ and served as the director of the Braidense National Library in Milan, Italy. Artists that worked on this monumental work are: Gallo Gallina, D.K. Bonatti, Angelo Biasioli (1790-1830), L. Rossi, Paolo Fumagalli, Gaetano Zancon (1771-1816), G. Bigatti, C. Bramati, G. Gallo, C. Bottiglia, G. Castellini, Antonio Rancati (1784-1816), Vittorio Raineri, Sydney Parkinson, Castelli, A. Sanquirico (1777-1849), Angelo Monticelli (1778-1837), A.L. Rossins, Bottigella, A. Lanzani, Vittorio Raineri, Campi and others.

Condition: Very good, given age. Light staining in margin, not affecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 36.5 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 24.5 x 19.5 cm.

Medium: Aquating etching on wove (velin) paper.

Location: PCO-Ferrario-Asia


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