[Bianconi, Giovanni Lodovico]. Lettere al marchese Filippo Hercolani [...] sopra alcune particolarità della Baviera, ed altri paesi della Germania.

Lucca, Giovanni Riccomini, 1763.

8vo. XVI, 272 pp. Contemporary Italian paper-covered marbled soft paste boards. Edges sprinkled red.


First edition of an interesting look at German artistic and cultural life in Munich and Dresden through the eyes of a cultured Italian. The work is couched as a series of fictitious letters. Giovanni L. Bianconi (1717-81) was a scholar and connoisseur who, serving as personal physician to August III of Saxony since 1749, was intimated acquainted with Dresden. He also acted as the King's art agent, taking over his role from Algarotti. Bianconi counted Canaletto and Mengs among his friends and was especially close to Winckelmann, whom he introduced into Italian connoisseur circles when Winckelman travelled to Italy for the first time in 1755.

Top of spine a little worn but sound. A very fresh and large copy.


Melzi II, 111. Schlosser/Magnino 494. Not in Cicognara.