Bound by Luigi Lodigiani for Eugène de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy and Patron of the Milan Art Academy
Discorsi letti nella grande aula del Palazzo Reale delle scienze e delle arti in Milano, in occasione della solenne distribuzione de’premj della R. Accademia delle belle arti, fattasi da S.F. il Sig. Conte Ministro dell’Interno il giorno XI agosto MDCCCXII
Milan, Stamperia Reale, 1812
A fine binding by Luigi Lodigiani of Milan (1777-1843) on a volume issued in 1812 by the Milanese Academy of fine arts, in which the prize-winners in the annual students’ competitions (architecture, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing) are published, together with a catalogue of the display of the academicians’ production, the texts of two discorsi: one delivered by the Secretary of the Academy and Professor of Architecture, Giuseppe Zanoia (1752-1817), the other by Luigi Rossi, “Ispettore generale della Direzione di pubblica Istruzzione” (1776-1824), and a list of the forty-five members of the Academy, headed by the Viceroy of Italy, Eugène de Beauharnais (1781-1824). The Discorsi of the Milan academy was published annually from 1806. Another volume in the series (commemorating the competition held in 1810), bound by Lodigiani for Eugène de Beauharnais using the same armorial block, and also bearing Lodigiani’s ticket, was in the Mortimer L. Schiff collection (sale 1938, lot 1496); a third volume (for 1813), using the same armorial block, but without a ticket, was recently in the Paris trade (Librairie Laurent Coulet, Catalogue 39, 2008, item 57).