Engraving. Image size 7.25 x 7.75 inches. Sheet size 9 x 11.5 inches.
The letter I, Iride, from A Dilettanti delle Bell' Arti, a decorated alphabet book. In very good condition. Shows some light staining. Stitching holes at left edge. Numeral 10 in pencil at right top corner. The first edition of an inventive engraved alphabet book in which each floridly elaborate letter stands independently in a landscape where it is accompanied by a figure from Greek or Roman mythology whose name begins with the letter in question.