‘Tavole XXXVIII. I Patagoni’
Line & aquatint etching with original hand colouring on wove (vellin) paper.
Sheet size: 33 x 23,5 cm. (13 x 9,3 inch). Image size: 26,5 x 19,3 cm. (10,4 x 7,6 inch).
From: ‘Il Costume Antico e Moderno …, l’America.’ , by Giulio Ferrario, published in Milan in 17 volumes (first issue), published sequentially between c. 1815/1816 until 1826 after first being issued in 143 weekly installments. This Italian volume has the date 1821. The second issue was published in 21 volumes in 1827. The work appeared in Italian and French. Smaller size editions with smaller much less elaborate plates were published in Florence (1823-38), Naples (1831-42) and even a 16mo. editon in Livorno (1830). Original blindstamp at bottom right image. The sources used for this work are wide including van Humboldt, von Wied etc.
Made by ‘Galle Gallina’ after ‘Giulio Ferrario’. 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, A. Biasioli, 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 and others.
Condition: Very good, given age. Light soiling. Some remains of a paper strip from binding in top margin. Blind stamp as issued at right bottom. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.