ONGANIA, Ferdinand (1842-1911). Streets and Canals in Venice and in the Island of the Lagoons. Venice: Ferd. Ongania, 1895-96.
2 volumes, folio (362 x 550 mm). Text in English, numerous in-text illustrations, 200 large-format photogravure plates. Contemporary half vellum gilt, brown calf lettering pieces gilt, green boards (scuffs and a few pale stains, one lettering piece chipping with loss). Ongania was one of the earliest publishers to produce books using the photogravure process; the plates reproduce engravings and depict scenes in and around Venice. The work was also issued with text in Italian, but the English text was published for grand tourists who visited Ongania's bookship in Piazza San Marco.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000
Provenance: Sir H.A. Layard (armorial bookplate).