View of the Zócalo, Mexico City


“Veduta della gran Piazza della Città del Messico.”  [Zócalo, Mexico City.]  From Giulio Ferrario’s Il Costume Antico e Moderno.   Florence: Vincenzo Batelli, 1827.  4 1/8 x 6 1/2.   6 7/8 x 11 1/2.  Aquatint.  Original hand color. Some offsetting.  Else, very good condition.

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Giulio Ferrario was founder of the Societá tipografica de’ classici italiani and served as the director of the Braidense National Library in Milan.  Beginning in 1821, he issued a multi-volume work on theAncient and Modern Costumes: The history of the government, the militia, the religion, the arts and sciences, and the customs of all people ancient and modern.”  This included a number of excellent, rare views of America based on various artists.  This image shows the Zócalo in Mexico City.