Neralco, [Pastore Arcade] Pseudonym [Ercolani, Giuseppe Maria]
I Tre Ordini d’Architettura
Published: Nella Stamperia di Antonio de’ Rossi, Rome, 1744.
Dorico, Jonico, E Corintio Presi dalle Fabbriche piu celebri dell’ Antica Roma, e posti in uso con un nuovo esattissimo metodo.
Contemporary full sprinkled calf splendidly rebacked maintaining original spine which is in seven compartments between raised banding the second with crimson morocco title label and the remaining with foliate embellishment within gilt ruled compartments, sides bear triple gilt rule; foredges gilt and crimson edges; Folio, 424x283 mms.
First Edition. With engraved vignette title-page, one engraved header, six engraved tailpieces of which five depict coins, nine engraved initials, seventy-six plates of which three are folding; all copper engraved. In addition there are numerous woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials.
An excellent copy of this work, which is rarely found in its complete state. Only seven copies sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. [APBC]
Bibliographical Reference: BMC VIII.414.780.
Giuseppe Maria Ercolani was born in Pergola (province of Pesaro & Urbino) on June 20th, 1672. He completed his early education in Senigallia, then completed his training in Urbino and Rome, where he graduated in law.
Having embraced the ecclesiastical state (he became a bishop), he also cultivated a variety of cultural interests, poetry, a geographer, theologian, amateur architect, and mathematician. His public career began in 1179 when he was rector or governor-general of Sabina, from 1721 to 1725 he was the sixty-third governor of the state of Fabriano.
His first architectural project was a triangular building, inspired by the new emblem of the Roman Academy of St. Luke was started in 1705 and built to be home to an arts academy.
Ercolani died in Rome on April 22 1759 and was buried in St. Salvatore in Lauro, the church of Piceni; his tombstone is dedicated to his merits as a lawyer, and poet.
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