(South Norwalk, 1967). 15 x 21 1/2. 36 leaves, with the architectural woodcuts printed on French-fold leaves. Printed in black, red, green, blue, purple, silver, & gold. Green cloth spine, boards covered in architectural woodcut printed in green on green marbled paper by the artist, marbled endpapers, cover title printed on gold leaf. Slipcase covered with architectural woodcut in red & black on brown marbled paper, label on gold leaf. Soft vertical crease in title and half-tile, all else fine. Item #15825
No. 1 of 2 copies. Signed, dated, and numbered by Frasconi in the colophon. Artist's label on slipcase states it was an edition of two. This copy was number 28 in the Grolier Club exhibition.
The four "facades" are the Battistero, the Basilica Santa Maria Nouvella, and the Basilica San Miniato al Monte (all in Florence) and the Badia Fiesolana in Fiesole. Each church is represented by multiple images--a facade and one or more details of the outstanding features. There are 15 architectural woodcuts in all. The octagonal Battistero is represented by 5 large illustrations, including the bronze doors which Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise. Among the notables baptized there was Dante.