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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

$16,000.00

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.

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

With Verses by Aphra Behn. A Fantastic, Large-Paper Copy

Behn, Aphra (1640-89); Aesop (ca. 620-564 B.C.); Barlow, Francis (1626?-1702)
Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French and Latin. Newly translated. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures. To this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life. By Francis Barlow.

London: Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1687

$28,000.00

Folio: 36.3 x 22.8 cm. [8], 40; 40; 17, 2-221, [3] p. COLLATION: π1(printed title), a2, B-L2; B-L2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Ppp2.

For this second edition of his magnificent production, Barlow commissioned Aphra Behn, then at the height of her popularity as a playwright and poet, to write verses to be engraved on the 110 plates illustrating the fables. In order to substitute Behn’s verses for those of Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), the lower area of the plate needed to be burnished down and the new verses engraved onto the plate in place of the earlier ones.

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Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), A703

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

$60,000.00

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.

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 "Ship of Fools" - With More than 100 Woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer

Brant, Sebastian (1457-1521); Locher, Jakob (1471-1528); Stimmer, Tobias (1539-1584)
Stultifera navis mortalium .. per Iacobum Locher Latinitati donatus.

Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, March 1572

$5,800.00

Octavo: 17.5 x 11 cm. 16 lvs. (last 2 blank), 284 p., 2 leaves (the last blank). Collation: [alpha]-[beta]8, a-s8 ([beta]7-8 and s8 blank and present)

Sebastian Brant's celebrated 1494 "Das Narrenschiff" ("Ship of Fools)", in the Latin translation (1497) of Jakob Locher. This is the first edition to include the fine woodcuts of Tobias Stimmer.

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VD16, B 7081; BM STC, German Books p. 147; Adams B 2673; For Stimmer, see Geelhaar, Stimmer 1984 54; Andresen, Der Deutsche Peintre-Graveur 1864-78, III.210.1

The English “Ship of Fooles”, Illustrated with 116 Large Woodcuts

Brant, Sebastian (1458-1521); Barclay, Alexander (1475?-1552) and Locher, Jacob (1471-1528), translators
Stultifera Navis… The Ship of Fooles, wherin is shewed the folly of all States, with divers other workes adioyned unto the same, very profitable and fruitfull for all men. Translated out of Latin into Englishe by Alexander Barclay, Priest.

London: in Paules Churchyarde by John Cawood printer to the Queenes Maiestie, 1570

$40,000.00

Folio: 28 x 19 cm. ¶6, ¶¶6, A-Z6, Aa-Uu6, Xx4, A-G6, A-D6. [12], 259, [3]; [42]; [24] leaves

Sebastian Brant's celebrated “Ship of Fooles” ("Narrenschiff"), here in the English translation of Alexander Barclay, printed together with the Latin version of the poem by Jacob Locher. The first edition of Barclay’s translation (1509) is unobtainable. In this second edition there are also additional works by Barclay, “The Mirrour of good Maners” and “Certayne Eglogues", which did not appear in the 1509 edition.

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STC 3546; Pforzheimer 41; Langland to Wither, 18; Wilhelmi, Sébastian Brant (Bibliography) 218; Brant ("500e anniversaire" Exhibition catalogue, Basle 1994), 109

Illustrated with 100 Woodcuts - In a Contemporary Italian Binding

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Opere del Divino Poeta Danthe con svoi Comenti : Recorrecti et con ogne diligentia novamente in littera cvrsiva impresse. In bibliotheca S. Bernardini. [With the commentary of Cristoforo Landino.]

Venice: Per Miser Bernardino Stagnino da Trino de monferra, 28 March, 1520

$16,500.00

Quarto: [12], 441 leaves. Collation: AA12, a-z8, [et]8, aa-zz8, 2[et]8, [con]8, [rum]8, A-E8

The book is illustrated with a full-paged woodcut of Dante with three scenes (1. wandering in the “selva oscura”, 2. beset by the lion, leopard and wolf, and 3. led by Vergil.) The poems are illustrated with 98 smaller woodcuts. In addition to the woodcuts that illustrate the text, there is a vignette of Adam & Eve, God, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden that appears on the title page and again in the woodcut border on the first leaf of the Inferno.

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Adams D 90; Mambelli, Annali delle Edizioni Dantesche, no. 27; Colomb De Batines, Indice generale della Bibliografia dantesca I, 78; Sander, Le livre à figures italien, depuis 1467 jusqu’a 1530, 2325; Essling, Les livres à figures Vénitiens de la fin du xve siècle et du commencement du xvie, 529

A Funeral in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

FESTIVALS. [Louis, Grand Dauphin of France (1661-1711)]; Frezza, Giovanni Girolamo (1659-1741), engraver
Relation du service solennel fait dans l'eglise royale, et nationale de Sain Louis a Rome, pour Louis Dauphin de France, le Vendredi XVIII. Septembre MDCCXI.

Rome: A. de Rossi, 1713

$8,500.00

Folio: 40 x 26 cm. [A]2, B-F2. With three engraved vignettes and 7 (2 double-page, 1 folding) engraved plates.

Illustrated with a double-page plate of the exterior of the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, decorated for the funeral rites; an architectural plan of the church, with the footprint of the enormous catafalque in the nave; four full-page plates of emblems, and an enormous folding plate of the church interior, festooned with heavy draperies and lit with a multitude of candles, and with the monumental catafalque, supported by skeletons, designed by the Sicilian architect and stage designer Filippo Juvara (1678—1736).

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Berlin Katalog (Ornamentstichkat. Bln.) 3243; Cicognara 1490; Not in Lipperheide

Ariosto as Operatic Ballet - A Rare Account of a 17th c. Italian Festival - The Feltrinelli Copy

FESTIVALS. Rondinelli, Simone Carlo [Salvadori (Andrea), 1591-1634, librettist] Accademia dei Rugginosi (Florence)
Le Fonti d’Ardenna festa d’arme, e di ballo; fatta in Firenze da dodici Signori Accademici Rugginosi il carneuale dell’anno 1623. Nel principato del Sig. Alessandro del Nero. Inuenzione del Sig. Andrea Saluadori. Descritta dal Rugginoso Percosso

Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1623

$4,800.00

A fascinating and vivid description of ‘The fountains of the Ardennes’, an entertainment that included singing, a tournament on horseback, and dancing, performed by the Accademici Rugginosi in the Palazzo della Gherardesca (Casa Rinaldi), on 3 February 1622 (stile fiorentino). The librettist was Andrea Salvadori, from 1616 to 1628 the principal author of texts for theatrical entertainments at the Florentine court.

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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

$8,500.00

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.

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

$3,800.00

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

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.

A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

$6,800.00

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.

THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.

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References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

One of the Most Sought-after Illustrated Books of English Poetry

Heywood, John (1497?-1580?)
The Spider and the Flie. A parable of the Spider and the Flie, made by John Heywood

London: in Flete Streete By Thomas Povvell, 1556

$42,000.00

Quarto: 19 x 14.5 cm. A-C4, A-Z4, Aa16, Bb6, Cc8, Dd12, Ee16, Ff14, Gg8, Hh-Ss4.

“‘The Spider and the Flie’ is an allegorical mock-heroic bestiary in rhyme royal by John Heywood. It was printed in 1556 but, according to Heywood’s epilogue, was begun nineteen years earlier. The time span between composition and publication may account in part for the generally acknowledged obscurities and inconsistencies of Heywood’s political and religious allegory.

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STC 13308; Grolier, Langland to Wither, 137. Pforzheimer 469; McKerrow & Ferguson 50

The Roman & Byzantine Emperors - Profusely Illustrated with Medallion Portraits

Huttich, Johann (ca. 1490-1544); Weiditz, Hans (ca. 1495- ca. 1536), artist
Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae, cum Imaginibus ad vivam effigiem expressis. Libellus auctus cum elencho & Iconiis Consulum ab Authore. M.D. XXXIIII.

Strasbourg: Vuolphgangus Caephalaeus, 1534

$6,000.00

Quarto: Aa-Bb4; A-X4, Y6; aa-dd4. Complete.

Fourth and most complete edition of Huttich’s "Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae", his most important work, first published in 1525. 

This volume is profusely illustrated with several hundred woodcut images, most of which are by Hans Weiditz. Each is accompanied by a short biography.

"The medallions of the emperors [and their families] are 268 in number, commencing with Julius Caesar and ending with Frederick III, Maximilian I and his son Philip the Fair, Charles V and Ferdinand I.

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Adams H-1248; BM German p.427 (602.b.I); Chrisman H5.1.4b; Fairfax Murray #219; Campbell Dodgson II, 148; Brunet III, p.392; Cunnally, pp. 197-198

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

$18,000.00

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

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 Large Paper Copy of the First Illustrated Edition

Milton, John (1608-1674)
Paradise Lost. A Poem In Twelve Books. The Authour John Milton. The Fourth Edition, Adorn’d with Sculptures.

London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, 1688 AND 1688

$20,000.00

Folio 36 x 22.8 cm. I. [A]-B2, C-Z4, Aa-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aa2. II. A-R2; A-H4. With an added engraved portrait of Milton and 12 plates illustrating the first work.

“The only major English literary work with important engraved illustrations in the 17th century is the first illustrated edition of ‘Paradise Lost.’” (Edward Hodnett)

"‘Paradise Lost’ is at once a deeply traditional and a boldly original poem. Milton takes pains to fulfill the traditional prescriptions of the epic form; he gives us love, war, supernatural characters, a descent into Hell, a catalogue of warriors, all the conventional items of epic machinery.

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I. Wing M2147; Shawcross 347; Coleridge 93b; Pforzheimer 720; Wither to Prior #607; Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, 16. II. Wing M2154; Shawcross 348; Coleridge 170; Pforzheimer 721

A Rare Baroque Libretto - Corelli Conducts for Christina of Sweden in Honor of England's James II

MUSIC. CORELLI, ARCANGELO (1653-1713) QUEEN CHRISTINA OF SWEDEN (1626-1689. Guidi, Alessandro (1650-1710), librettist
Accademia per musica fatta nel real palazzo della regina Christina per festiggiare l'assonzione al trono di Giacomo seconde re d'Inghilterra. in occasione della solenne ambasciata mandata da Sua Maestà Britanica alla Santità di Nostro Signore Innocenzo XI

Rome: Camera Apostolica, 1687

$3,850.00

Quarto: 19.5 x 14 cm. [16] p.

Very rare libretto for a cantata (now lost) by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710), commissioned by Queen Christina of Sweden on the occasion of the accession to the throne of the English King James II (reg. 1685-1688). The musical director of the performance was none other than Arcangelo Corelli, already one of the most famous musicians in Italy.

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The Mechanical Reproduction of Perspective - "The Art of Drawing anything you like by means of a linear, hollow, moveable mechanical parallelogram"

OPTICS. ART. INSTRUMENTS. Scheiner, Christoph, S.J. (1575-1650)
Pantographice, seu, Ars delineandi res quaslibet per parallelogrammum lineare seu cauum, mechanicum, mobile: libellis duobus explicata & demonstrationibus geometricis illustrata, quorum prior epipedographicen, siue planorum, posterior stereographicen, seu solidorum aspectabilium viuam imitationem atque proiectionem edocet.

Rome: Lodovico Grignani, 1631

$10,500.00

Quarto: 24.4 x 17.3 cm. [12], 108 p. Collation: π6 (includes half-title and engraved title), A-N4, 2π2 (leaf 2π1 signed N3).

First edition of this important treatise on the pantograph, an instrument for copying drawing or plans, and which, in a modified form, may also be used for copying three-dimensional objects and mechanically reproducing perspective. In addition to copying originals at their actual size, the pantograph is also capable of reducing or enlarging. The work, subtitled "the Art of Drawing anything you like by means of a linear, hollow, moveable mechanical parallelogram", also includes an extensive treatise on parallelograms.

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Tomash & Williams S35; Cicognara 658; USTC 4014028

The First Illustrated Edition

Ovid. Ovidius Naso, Publius (43 BC-17 AD); Sandys, George (1561-1629), translator
Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologiz’d, and Represented in Figures. An Essay to the Translation of Vergil’s Aeneis. By G.S.

Oxford: J. Lichfield, 1632

$12,000.00

Folio: 30 x 20 cm. π6 (-blank π1), ¶4, A-D4, E4 (-blank E4), F-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, Vvv2. (Leaves Q2 and 3 reversed.) With an added engraved title, engraved portrait frontispiece, and fifteen full-paged engravings.

This edition of Sandys’ translation also includes his translation of Book One of Vergil’s “Aeneid”. Sandys never accomplished the task of translating the entire poem. The work that he found “too heavy a burthen” was later taken up by his admirer, John Dryden. On the front end-paper of this volume is a manuscript quote, attributed to Dryden, which reads, “English poetry owes much of its present beauty to Sandys’ translations.

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Poems in Praise of Guido Reni

RENI, GUIDO (1575-1642). Various authors
Lodi al signor Guido Reni.

Bologna: N. Tebaldini, 1632

$5,500.00

Quarto: 25.7 x 16.5 cm. [viii], 96 p. a4, A-M4

A very rare volume of verse in praise of the celebrated Baroque painter Guido Reni and his works by forty-four contributors. According to his biographer, Reni, embarrassed by the praise heaped upon him, tried to buy up all the copies of this book that he could.

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Cicognara 2305; BL, 17th cent. Ital. Books 442

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

$26,500.00

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

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)