BETTI, Giovanni Battista. A' Dilettanti delle Bell'Arti. Contents includes illustrated engraved title and 24 engraved plates. Oblong folio, 220 x 300 mm, bound in contemporary paste-paper wrappers. Florence: 1779.
First Edition of Betti's imaginative illustrated alphabet-book, containing 24 full-page oblong plates of richly ornamented capital letters, each letter standing in a bucolic landscape with a corresponding figure from Greek or Roman mythology. It is a work "rare and distinctive for the range of its subjects" (DBI) and draws heavily on the imagery of pastoral Greece.
6 copies in America according to OCLC. An unsophisticated copy, with occasional spots and minor stains, but nevertheless an appealing.
Bonacini 200; Berlin Kat. 5300; Guilmard 332: See Garvey, E.M. Introduction to the 1969 Facsimile published by Harvard.
Item nr. 165360