Publisher Information: 1821.
Ferrero, Giovanni Francesco (fl. 1820-60). Anatomia dal vero disegnata nel 1821 da Gio. Fran.co Ferrero [manuscript title in pencil on first leaf]. Manuscript sketchbook. 42 unnumbered leaves, all but 13 containing anatomical drawings, mostly in pencil and sanguine, on one or both sides. Anatomical watercolor pasted down on 8v. N.p. [Rome?], 1821. 275 x 205 mm. Later half calf over green paper boards, handwritten paper label on front cover, upper corners a bit bent. Minor foxing, some offsetting from drawings, but very good. Bookplate and ownership inscription of Piergiorgio Borio.
Giovanni Francesco Ferrero, a native of Piedmont, spent most of his career in Rome working as an engraver. In 1830 he published Raccolta delle migliori composizioni di Raffaello, Pussino, Domenichino e di altri celebri pittori, a collection of 150 engravings after Raphael, Poussin, Domenichino and other celebrated Italian painters, and in 1845 he issued an engraved anatomical broadside captioned “Proporzioni, osteologia, miologia esterna, ed uso principale dei muscoli” (Proportions, osteology, extermal myology and the principal use of muscles), showing skeletons and écorché figures with their proportions marked. The sketchbook we are offering here, produced in the early part of Ferrero’s career, contains 39 finely executed anatomical drawings on the first 29 leaves; most of these are in pencil and sanguine, with a primary focus on the musculature. Curiously, the drawing on 29v depicts a suit of armor. After the blank leaves are a series of drawings in pencil and grey watercolor on academic subjects.Book Id: 45035