Dec 17, 2019 - Sale 2527

Sale 2527 - Lot 327

Price Realized: $ 688
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(OBELISKS.) Ungarelli, Luigi Maria. Interpretatio Obeliscorum Urbis ad Gregorium XVI Pontificem Maximum. 7 large engraved folding plates, [8], xi, 191, xxi pages. 2 volumes. Folio, 16x11 1/2 inches, contemporary calf-backed red paper-covered boards, light wear with small chipping to spine caps; light foxing and offsetting, early linen reinforcements (but not mends) to verso of plate folds at inner edge; ink stamp of Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library, Rosemont, PA to lower title-page. Rome, 1842...

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Scarce monograph by Ungarelli, the first curator of the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican founded under Pope Gregory the 16th in 1839. The plates depict four-sided views of 11 monumental Egyptian obelisks relocated to Rome during ancient times. The schematic engravings of each pillar highlight their decorative hieroglyphs and are keyed to references in the descriptive text volume.