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The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

$16,000.00

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

Magnificent Views of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Rome. A Masterpiece By Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762); Montagù, Domenico (d. 1767)
Les Plus Beaux Édifices De Rome Moderne, Ou Recueíl Des Plus Belles Vües Des Principales Églises, Places, Palais, Fontaines &c. Qui Sont Dans Rome Dessinées Par Jean Barbault Peintre, Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravées en XLIV. Grandes Planches et Plusieurs Vignettes; Par D’Habiles Maitres. Avec La Description Historique De Chaque Edifice.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires françois rüe du Cours près l’Eglise de S. Marcel, de l 1763

Large Folio: 53.5 x 40 cm. [vi], 72 pp. Collation: [π]3, A-Z1, Aa-.Nn1. With 44 double-paged plates. Complete.

$26,000.00

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views of the ancient city appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi; the present work on “Rome Moderne” appeared two years later, the year that Barbault died.

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Berlin Catalogue 2712; Millard IV, 14; Not in Fowler

Rome & The Papal States. The Very Rare “Theatrum Italiae”. With 118 Folding & Full page Engraved Illustrations

Blaeu, Joan (1596-1673)
Theatrvm civitatvm et admirandorvm Italiae / ad aevi veteris & praesentis temporis faciem expressum a Ioanne Blaeu, G.F.

Amsterdam: Typis Joannis Blaeu, 1663

Two Large Folio Volumes: 56 x 38 cm. Vol I: 2 ff. (General printed title conjugate with dedication), 2 ff. ("Ad lectorem"), 1 f. (Dedication), 2 ff. (Printed section title, half title), 1-253 pp., 1 f. (Index leaf). Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and 74 plates.

$75,000.00

A fine set of one of Joan Blaeu’s most magnificent productions. This set is very rare, owing probably to the fire that ravaged Blaeu’s workshop in 1672, the year before the publication of these “town books”. This copy has an additional plate, not recorded by Koeman, of the Obeliscus Pamphilius, in volume 2.

The two volumes are profusely illustrated with town views, architectural plans, ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture (including many villas); and sculpture.

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Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici; Bl 72.; Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici; Bl 73; Philippsa, 4039; Cremonini, 39

The Most Accurate Measurements of Roman Architecture to Date. Illustrated with 137 engravings

Desgodets, Antoine (1653-1728)
Les Edifices Antiques de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés très exactement

Paris: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1682

Folio: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, Engraved title page, [12], 324 pp. Collation: [ ]1 (Etched title page), [π]2, e2, i2, A1, B-E2, F1,

$11,500.00

“Antoine Desgodets, born into a family of prominent craftsmen, was already working in the Département des Bâtiments by the age of 16. In 1672 he began to assist at the conferences of the Académie Royale d’Architecture, and in 1674 was sent by Colbert to Rome. In 16 months he measured many of the important ancient buildings, with greater accuracy than had been achieved to that date.

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Millard (French) No. 62; BAL, 858; Fowler, 102 ; Cat. Berlin, 1863

The Indispensible Work on the Construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Fontana, Carlo (1638 - 1714)
Templum Vaticanum Et Ipsius Origo Cum Aedificiis maxime conspicuis antiquitus, & recens ibidem constitutis; Editum Ab Equite Carolo Fontana Deputato celeberrimi eiusdem Templi Ministro, atque Architecto. Cum plerisque Regulis, novisque Architecturae Operationibus ab Ipsomet in lucem evulgatis. Cum Indice Rerum notabilium ad calcem locupletissimo. Opus In Septem Libros Distributum, Latinisque literis consignatum A Joane Jos: Bonnerve De S. Romain. Et dicatum Eminentissimis, ac Reverentissimis Dominis Cardinalibus Sacrae Congregationi R. Fabricae Divi Petri Deputatis.

Rome: Ex Typographia Io: Francisci Buagni, 1694

Large Folio: 44 x 32 cm. [32], [4], 489, [29] pp. Collation: a4, b6, c-d4, A4, B2, C-X4, Y2+1, Z4; Aa-Cc4, Dd2, Ee3, Ff-Gg4, Hh2, [inserted plate], Ii-Zz4, Aaa-Fff4, Ggg-Kkk1, Lll-Vvv4, Xxx6. With 79 full-paged plates, some of which are folding.

$8,500.00

This impressive production was commissioned by the Sacred Congregation of the Construction of St Peter's (the Fabricca), to justify the expense of rebuilding the church. It is presented by Fontana in seven parts: (1) Cose piu notabile della potenza Romana (on the historic importance of St Peter's - here a plate is included showing overlapping plans of Old and New St. Peter’s, as well as Nero's Circus), (2) Antica Basilica (i.

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National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), no. 38, p.141-8; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1096; Johns Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961), no. 122, p.105-6.

The First Illustrated Edition of Fulvio's Architectural Guide to Rome - With Important Additions by Girolamo Ferrucci

Fulvio, Andrea (ca. 1470-1543); Ferrucci, Girolamo (fl. 1588)
L' Antichità di Roma di Andrea Fulvio antiquiario romano, di nuouo con ogni diligenza corretta & ampliata, con gli adornamenti di disegni de gli edificij antichi & moderni; con le aggiuntioni & annotationi di Girolamo Ferrucci Romano

Venice: Girolamo Francini, 1588

Octavo: 15.4 x 10.8 cm. *4, A-Z8, Aa-Ii8, Kk12

$3,800.00

Illustrated with 93 woodcut illustrations of the architecture of Rome. This edition has been enlarged by Girolamo Ferrucci to include information on the dramatic renovations and new buildings constructed during the reign of Pope Sixtus V (reg. 1585-1590). A number of the changes, renovations and restorations undertaken by Sixtus are depicted in the woodcuts, which were prepared specifically for this this edition.

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Cicognara 3741; Schudt 601; Rossetti, Rome: The Guide Books, G 480; Borroni 7914/6; Fossati-Bellani 900; Platneriana 296; Choix, 16979; Adams F 1155; Philip Jacks in Dictionary of Art XI.838 & his "The Antiquarian and the myth of antiquity", pp. 180-84; R Weiss, "Andrea Fulvio antiquario romano 1470-1527", Ann. Scuol. Sup. Pisa ii.28 (1959) 1-44, & "Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity" (1969), 86-9 & 178-9.

The First Appearance of the Palatino Topographical map of Rome

Marliani, Bartolomeo (d. 1560)
Vrbis Romae topographia B. Marliani ad Franciscvm Regem Gallorvm eivsdem vrbis liberatorem invictvm. Adiecta priori eiusdem auctoris topographiae editioni in hoc opere sunt. Vrbis, atque insignium in ea aedificiorum descriptiones, compluràque alia memoratu digna. Errores nonnulli sublati. Tituli, inscriptionèsque non aliter, quàm ipsis inerant marmoribus, emendatissime expressi, qui ab aliis hactenus neglecto ordine, & perperam in lucem editi inveniuntur.

Rome: Valerio and Luigi Dorico, 1544

Folio: 30.5 x 21 cm. [12], 122, [2] pp. A6, A-B4, C-L6

$18,000.00

Illustrated with 23 fine woodcut illustrations (of which five are full-paged), including a double-page map of Rome signed by the calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino (Frutaz 12). The map is of great importance in the history of Roman cartography, as it is the source for Bufalini’s plan of 1551, which in turn served the model for Nolli’s plan of 1748. The most famous and influential of the illustrations is a full-paged woodcut of the spectacular sculptural grouping of Laocoön and his sons, a Roman marble copy of a Hellenistic original, discovered in the Baths of Titus in January, 1506 and removed to the Vatican at the direction of Julius II.

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Fowler 189; Mortimer Italian, 284; Adams M-610 (this issue); Berlin Katalog 1831; Brunet III.1437; Cicognara 3778; Schudt, Le Guide di Roma, 605; Rossetti G-308; Borroni II.7923.3; Schlosser p. 601; Fossati Bellani 903; Olschki 17512; on the map: Fruatz, Le Piante di Roma, Vol. I, No. 12

A Complete Set of Montano's Books of Architecture - Including His Architectural Fantasies

Montano, Giovanni Battista (1534-1621)
I CINQUE LIBRI DELL'ARCHITETTURA

Rome: various printers, 1624- 1638

Folio: 5 volumes comprising more than 275 plates of Roman architectural subjects and original compositions (see below for descriptions of the individual volumes.)

$22,000.00

Giovanni Battista Montano (1534-1621) was a tireless and unorthodox model-maker, draughtsman, and architect, whose works influenced the architects of the Roman Baroque, including Cortona, Bernini, and especially Borromini. His images of Roman architecture are unique. Rather than adhering to the usual programme of recording the monuments of Rome as they looked in his time or attempting to make archaeologically "accurate" reconstructions of buildings, Montano used the Roman inheritance as a starting point for creating his own novel, and often fantastic, architectural creations.

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Rossetti 7148; Cicognara 570; Fowler 200; Additional references: RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), nos. 2171, 2172, p.1162-6; A. Bedon, 'Architettura e archaeologia nella Roma del cinqecento: Giovan battista Montano', in Arte Lombarda, n.s. LXV/2 (1983), p. 111-26; J. von Hennenberg, 'Emilio dei Cavalieri, Giacomo della Porta and G.B. Montano', in J. Soc. Archit. Hist., XXXVI (1977), p. 252-5; G. Zander, 'Le invenzioni architettoniche di Giovanni Battista Montano milanese (1534-1621)', in Quad. Ist. Stor. Archit., XXX (1958), p. 1-21, XLIX (1962), p. 1-32.

Piranesi’s Important Map of Rome, - Including the Campus Martius

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778)
Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo

1774 [N.P, N.D.] ca.

Large map: etching, engraving, and drypoint on three attached sheets of heavy laid paper. Image size (from plate mark): 121.2 x 71.1 cm. Sheet size: 132.1 x 82.1 cm.

$12,500.00

Piranesi’s map extends the area covered by the Nolli plan as far north as the Ponte Milvio. Piranesi has made the important innovation of identifying 402 archaeologically important sites, keyed to his own works on ancient Rome.

"By the mid-1770's, at the height of his career, Piranesi had produced a comprehensive record of ancient and modern Rome in the form of the well over a hundred plates of the ‘Vedute di Roma’.

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Focillon 600; Wilton-Ely II, 1008; Ficacci 700; Hind, p. 87, [1778-9.]

The Earliest Guide Book to Rome

ROME. ANTIQUITY. GUIDEBOOKS.
Mirabilia Rome. (Contents: Mirabilia Romae - Historia et descriptio urbis Romae - Oratio de S. Veronica - Indulgentiae ecclesiarum principalium urbis Romae - Stationes ecclesiarum urbis Romae)

Rome: Etienne Guillery and Herculano Nani, 1511

Octavo: 12.5 x 9.5 cm. 64 leaves. Collation: [ ]8, [A]8, B-G8

$26,500.00

The subjects of the woodcuts are: The She-Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (title page); Rhea Sylvia in prayer within a four part woodcut border that features another representation of the wolf and twins (divisional title of the “Indulgentiae”); the arms of the Emperor, the provincial government of Rome (SPQR), and Pope Julius II (with the oak tree emblem of the Della Rovere); the sudarium of Veronica being displayed to a crowd of nuns, with the symbols of the Evangelists in the border; 7 woodcuts of Saints, the Madonna and Child, and the Crucifixion, each representing one of the principal churches of Rome: St.

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Rossetti G 191; Schudt 34 (Indulgentiae only); Pescarzoli (Fossati Bellani) 652; Sander 4642; cf. PMM 12; Literature: Nine Robijntje Miedema, Die "Mirabilia Romae": Untersuchungen zu ihrer Uberlieferung mit Edition der deutschen und niederlindischen Texte. (Miinchener Texte und Untersuchungen zur deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters, 108.) (Tubingen: Max Niemeyer,1996)

The Grand Tour. 18th c. Views of Rome by Piranesi’s Pupil

ROME. Cassini, Giovanni Maria (1745-1824)
Nuova raccolta delle megliori vedute antiche et moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giovanni Cassini.

Rome: Venanzio Monaldini, 1779

Oblong folio: 27 x 40.5 cm. Engraved allegorical title, dedication leaf, index, and 80 engraved plates.

$12,500.00

First edition of these elegant views of Roman monuments by the engraver Giovanni Maria Cassini, who learned his craft from none other than Giambattista Piranesi, and who would go on to win fame as an important map and globe-maker. In the “Nuova raccolta”, Cassini includes a view of Santa Maria Del Priorato (pl. 13), one of the very few architectural designs of Piranesi to come to fruition, and a church considered to be the first Neoclassical building in Rome.

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Cicognara 3657; Millard, Italian No. 30

The Rare First Edition - "Marks a Revolution in the Long and Rich Series of Roman Guide Books"

ROME. Felini, Pietro Martire (1565-1613)
Trattato nuouo delle cose maravigliose dell'alma città di Roma: diuiso in due parti : nella prima si discorre breuemente delle cose più essentiali appartenenti à trecento & più chiese : nella seconda con facitlià & bellissimo ordine si mostrano & dichiarano tutte l'antichità della detta alma città

Rome: Bartolomeo Zanetti, 1610

Octavo: 16 x 10.8 cm. Two parts in one volume: 136 pp.; 109, (3) pp.

$8,400.00

Rare first edition of Pietro Martire Felini's "Trattato", a milestone in Rome guide books, printed by Bartolomeo Zannetti for the publisher Giovanni Antonio Franzini and the heirs of Girolamo Franzini.

"The 'Trattato', in part a reworking of that of Prospero Parisio, marks a turning point in the long and rich series of guides of Rome whose origins can be traced back to the end of the fifteenth century.

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Schudt 173 and pp. 34-37 ("assai rara"). Choix 16923. Rossetti G-571. Schlosser 601 ("Guida molto importante")

A Violent End to the Roman Renaissance: A 16th c. Manuscript Copy of A Contemporary Account of the 1527 Sack of Rome.

ROME. Guicciardini, Luigi (1478-1551)
Il Sacco di Roma

Italy, c. 1580 1580

Folio: 28.5 x 18.7 cm. [106] pp.

$15,000.00

A rare 16th c. Italian manuscript of Luigi Guicciardini's valuable account of the brutal and nightmarish 1527 sack of Rome. While popular in the 16th c., the text remained unpublished until 1664 (an edition that is now rare) and did not see a second edition until 1867. On the extant manuscripts and the two redactions containing notes in Guicciardini’s hand, see Farenga, "L'Historia del sacco di Roma di Luigi Guicciardini.

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A Fantastic Set of Vasi's Views of Rome- Augmented With 17 Additional Plates

ROME. Vasi, Giuseppe (1710-1782)
Delle magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna.

Roma: Chracas, Barbiellini, Pagliarini, 1747- 1761

$65,000.00

"Only ten years older than his main competitor, Piranesi, Giuseppe Vasi came to Rome from Palermo in 1736. Of well-to-do family and classically educated, for his entire career Vasi enjoyed the high patronage of the Neapolitan aristocracy, the Spanish monarchs, and a succession of popes. As chamberlain of Charles III, king of the Two Sicilies, Vasi set up his workshop in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.

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Cicognara, 3897. Berlin katalog, 1880. Schudt 306. Brunet V, 1098; RIBA 3389-98; National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), No. 141

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