Milano, P. Ripamonti Carpano, 
Folio volume, in leaves; purple velvet, gilt roll with Austrian imperial coat of arms on the upper covers, decorated spine, ivory moire guards, all gilt edges. In a case.
(54) ff, 15 plates. Text in Italian and French by Francesco Ambrosoli, translated into German by Julius Krone.
Provenance: Heir of the family of the Emperors of Austria.
Spectacular binding with the arms of Ferdinand I (1793-1875), Emperor of Austria, King of Lombardy-Venezia, King of Hungary and King of Bohemia (1835-1848).
The only edition printed in very few copies. The monument to the glory of Francis I of Austria, was ordered by his son Ferdinand I to the sculptor Pompey Marchesi. The description goes back to Francesco Ambrosoli.
The first two plates show the monument in its entirety (front and back), the next 13 detail the statues (5) - Religion, Peace, Justice, Strength, The Emperor - and the bas-reliefs of the work (8) - The Animal Kingdom, The Plant Kingdom, The Mineral Kingdom, Industry, Commerce, Science, Christian Art, Military Virtue.
The engraved intaglio plates were executed by skilful students of the I.R. Academy of Fine Arts of Milan. In order to bring the monument to the highest perfection, Marchesi relied on the advice of professors of architecture, sculpture, ornament and prospective (especially Mr. Durelli) at the same Academy. The statues, bas-reliefs and all parts of bronze ornaments were cast in Milan in the workshops of Mr. J. B. Viscardi, successor to the late Mr. Manfredini. (Endnote).