Rare Books

SARPI, Paolo: The Letters of the Renowned Father Paul, Counsellor of State to the most Serene Republick of Venice.

London, Richard Chiswell, 1693 – cxxpp, including portrait frontispiece, + 431pp + 1p publisher’s catalogue. 18 x 11 cm. Contemporary full calf, minor all-but-invisible professional repair to spine. Most attractive copy of rare 17th century English edition of Sarpi’s letters to French protestants.

ZORZI, Alvise: Venezia Scomparsa.

Milan, Electa, 1984. 440pp, numerous illustrations in colour and black & white. 28 x 24.5cm. Black cloth, white spine-titles, very good copy in dustwrapper and slipcase. Originally published in two volumes (1971); this one-volume edition is a little more manoeuverable, though still a weighty tome. Everything in Venice you can no longer see, lost, pillaged or wilfully destroyed. One of the two or three really essential modern books on the city.

[CONTIN, Tommaso Antonio] Monumenti Veneti intorno i Padri Gesuiti

[Venice, Giuseppe Bettinelli], 1762. First edition. (iv) + 242pp + (ii)pp errata. 16 x 10 cm. Anonymous polemic against Jesuit machinations in Venice. Full vellum, nice copy (£250)