A Beautiful 2 Volume Guide to Ancient, Renaissance, & Baroque Rome - Bound in Matching Contemporary Bindings

ROME.

Descrizione di Roma Antica Formata Novamente Con le Auttorità, Di Bartolomeo Marliani, Onofrio Panvinio, Alessandro Donati,e Famiano Nardini, e d’altri celebri Scrittori antichi,& Antiquarii moderni, accennati nella lettera al Lettore: Nella quale si discorre, degli’ Aquedotti, Archi, Basiliche, Circhi, Colonne, Curie, Fori, Librarie, Naumachie, Obeleschi, Palazzi, Tempii, Terme, Vie, & altri famosi Edifici. Accresciuta di moltissime Figure in Rame, di varie Medaglie, di curiose Notizie Istoriche, e della Cronologia di tutti gli Re, Consoli, e Imperadori Romani. Tomo I. Descrizione di Roma Moderna Formata Nuovamente con le Auttorità, del Card. Cesare Baronio, Alfonso Ciaconio, Antonio Bosio,e Ottavio Panciroli, E d’altri celebri Scrittori, accennati nella lettera al Lettore: Nella quale si discorre delle Sagre Basiliche, Chiese, Collegii, COnfraternite, Librarie, Monasteri, Ospedali, Fontane, Giardini, Palazzi, Pitture, Sculture, e Statue piu famose, che sono dentro, e fuori della Città; come ancora dell’ Opere Pie, Indulgenze, e Reliquie de Santi, custodite nelle dette Chiese; e de Sommi Pontefici, e Cardinali Fondatori, o Restauratori delle medesime. Distinta in Quaatordici Rioni, abbellita con Figure nuove di Rame, & accresciuta di molte Notizie istoriche, e della Cronologia di tutti li Sommi Pontefici Romani. Tomo II.

Rome: Nella Libraria di Michel’ Angelo, e Pier Vincenzo Rossi all’ Insegna della Salamandra, 1708

$6,500.00

Octavo: 2 volumes. 16 x 11 cm.

Illustrated with 180 engravings in the text, two added engraved frontispieces, and 19 added engraved plates. For a discussion of the added plates please see paragraph two below. Collation: Vol. I. Eng. t.p., *6, A-Z8, Aa-Gg8, Hh-Vv4, Xx8, Yy6. Plus 7 folding engraved plates. Vol. II. Eng. t.p., π2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa5, Bbb-Ggg4 (-Ggg4, presumed blank). Plus 12 folding engraved plates. 

A beautiful two-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. This set is in excellent condition, bound in original, matching full vellum bindings, with the original white and gold silk end bands intact, the edges of the text block speckled blue, the spines neatly titled in ink. Internally, these copies are in excellent, crisp condition with only a light damp-stain to a few leaves of the first volume, one clean tear to a single text leaf, and with 2 short splits along the fold of 2 plates, without loss.

With 180 engravings in the text and 16 added engraved plates. According to Rossetti (Vol. I, G-1052), “the number of plates may vary from copy to copy”. In this set, both volumes have engraved frontispieces and a total of 19 added engraved plates: 7 in the first volume and 12 in the second. Of all recorded copies, the copy with the most plates has 9 in the first volume and 13 in the second. Of all de Rossi guides, this appears to be the edition with the greatest number of added plates. As with all two-volume Roman guidebooks, the individual volumes would have been available separately. Complete sets in contemporary matching bindings are very rare. Moreover, matching sets in fine condition –such as this one- are also rarely encountered.

The de Rossi guidebooks marked the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome. Beginning with the guidebooks produced by Girolamo Franzini and his heirs in the late 16th-century, pilgrims and tourists to the once-again-thriving Eternal City could purchase increasingly more accurate guidebooks to the ancient and modern marvels of Rome.

In the late-17th century, building on the work of Pompilio Totti, Michelangelo and Piervicenzo de Rossi published guides to “Roma Antica” and “Roma Moderna” as separate works. In subsequent editions, the “Descrizioni” were combined and issued as sets. These guides grew to include the redacted works of various learned authorities.

The authors whose works have been consulted, quoted, and extracted for this comprehensive guide include: Bartolomeo Marliani (d. 1560), Onofrio Panvinio (1529-1568), Alessandro Donati (1584-1640); Famiano Nardini (d. 1661); Cesare Baronio (1538-1607); Alfonso Chacón (1540-1599), Antonio Bosio (1575-1629) and Ottavio Panciroli (16th c.).

 

Schudt, Le Guide di Roma, 196-197; Rossetti, Rome, Vol. I, G-1052; Fossati Bellani 700; Olschki 17197