[GIULIO ROMANO (1499-1546)] - D'ARCO, Carlo (1799-1872) - Istoria della vita e delle opere di Giulio Pippi Romano. Mantova: a spese dell'autore, 1838 [ma, Milano : G. Truffi]. First edition with the four 'Sala dei Giganti' plates in early state without legends. This first monograph on Giulio Romano included previously unpublished letters and documents between the artist and his patrons. D'Arco began the work of editing in 1834. However, the public attempt to form a collection of plates recording the artist's work in Mantua was much older. Viviani's plates of the 'Sala dei Giganti' were executed in 1802. A group of artists and engravers comprising Comerio, Guelmi, Todeschini and Viviani were ready to continue with the project at the behest of the Commissione Filantropica in 1813 but their work was quickly stopped when a private citizen, Luigi Micheli, announced his intention to produce a fully illustrated work on the Palazzo Te; Micheli was given exclusive rights of reproduction for ten years. Although Comerio delineated and engraved the frescoes on the domes in the 'Sala di Psiche' in 1819, these remained unpublished until their inclusion in the monograph with the added line 'd'Arco - vita di Giulio Ro'. A second edition was published in 1842, but without the early plates. Elga Disperdi, 'Carlo d'Arco, la Stampa di Traduzione e l'Istoria della vita e delle opere di Giulio Pippi Romano', in Civilta Mantovana Revista semestrale, Mantua: March 2005, anno XL, no. 119. Folio (465 x 318mm). Half-title, aquatint portrait of Giuio Romano by A. Lanzani, 62 plates including the 4 of the "Sala dei Giganti" (light foxing on top margin of text leaves). Modern half cloth over earlier boards (extremities rubbed).