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This is an original, circa 1845, copper engraving of the back of the 9th century altar in the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio (Basilica of St. Ambrose) in Milan, Italy.
Period Paper is offering a rare and valuable collection of original copper engravings of Italian art and architecture from the 4th to the 16th century. This edition of the engravings collected and arranged by the French archaeologist and historian J. B. L. G. Seroux d'Agincourt (1730-1814), was published by Verlag von G. W. Mettenius in Frankfurt, Germany circa 1845. The captions are in Italian. The original copper plate imprint is visible on each engraving although this imprint does not show up well on the digital image. An end paper from this edition includes a stamp of the noted English architect --William White, 30A Wimpole St. W. with a date of April 15, 1864. Next to this stamp is the signature of F. Gilbert White and a date of June 11, 1860. These original engravings are exceptionally well preserved considering their age and are excellent items for framing. Any foxing appears darker on the digital image than it is on the actual item.
This 166+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage. There is some light aging and foxing in the margins. Please see image.