QUAGLIA, [Fernando]. Les Cimetières de Paris. Recueil des plus Remarquables Monuments Funèbres avec leurs Inscriptions. Plus de Dux Cents Monuments Gravés par Collette.  pp. Illustrated with 24 double-spread lithographic plates designed by Quaglia and cut on the stones by Collette. Folio, 390 x 290 mm, bound in French nineteenth-century brown cloth spine with red morocco spine label, over brown marbled paper. Paris: Librairie d"Architecture de A. Levy, [ca. 1850].
A rare pictorial survey of the remarkable tombs, sepulchres and funeral monuments to be found in the cemeteries of Paris. The lithographs contain up to ten monuments per plate; they were selected not only for the ornament and architectural design features of the monument, but also for the renown of the deceased and/or the distinctive (at times humorous) quality of the epitaph.
Fernando Quaglia (1780-1823), an Italian painter of portraits, graphic artist, and sculptor of funeral monuments, was active in the first years of the nineteenth century, connected mainly with the court of the Empress Josephine. His other publication was entitled: Le père Lachaise ou Recueil de dessins des principaux monuments de ce cimetière, Paris 1854. Some occasional spotting throughout. OCLC records only 4 copies in America.
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