Large format quarto bound in black cloth, in publisher’s white pictorial dust-jacket, all housed in die-cut gold covered slipcase. 438 pages. Bibliography, Index of names. Illustrated with over 200 color photographs and nearly 235 drawings. First edition. An important and visually stunning work chronicling the rise and variegated spread of the French Empire style in Italy up to the 1840’s. A definitive study relying on and showcasing archival material including prints and drawings from design catalogs of the period. Critical text also examines the role of contemporary art institutions, individual designers, architects, cabinetmakers, and decorators, and most importantly, patrons who commissioned pieces for the royal palaces of the duchies and kingdoms of early nineteenth century Italy. No previous ownership marks. Book is like new. Predominantly white dust-jacket shows incidental marks, but essentially like new , while slipcase shows a single crack to gold paper at rear top. A fine copy in near fine dust-jacket and slipcase. A large and very heavy book, Priority and International orders will require additional postage, calculated as close to actual cost as possible.