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Excavating the Tombs of Ancient Rome

ARCHITECTURE. Bartoli, Pietro Santi (1635-1700)
Gli antichi sepolcri : ovvero Mausolei Romani, ed Etruschi, trouati in Roma & in altri luoghi celebri; nelli quali si contengono molte erudite memorie, raccolti, disegnati, & intagliati da Pietro Santi Bartoli ed ora esistenti tra le Stampe di Domenico de Rossi erede di Gio. Giacomo, a S. Maria della Pace, con privilegio del sommo pontefice.

Rome: Stampe di Domenico de Rossi, erede di Gio. Giacomo [de Rossi], 1727

$3,500.00

Folio: 33 x 22.5 cm. 8 lvs. of letterpress (the last one blank), 114 engraved plates (2 of which are double-paged.) The plates are numbered 1-110 (with four other plates numbered 1, 4, 72, and 72.)

First published in 1697, this is a fascinating and beautifully executed work documenting the ancient sepulchral monuments of Roman and Etruscan Italy. In particular, it highlights tombs discovered from 1689 onwards in the grounds of the Villa Corsini at the Porta San Pancrazio in Rome. The images include renderings and cross-sections of tombs and columbaria,  detailed depictions of tomb paintings, sarcophagi, funerary urns, free-standing and relief sculpture, and inscriptions.

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An Unpublished, Illustrated 17th c. Italian Architectural Manuscript - With Images of Saint Peter’s and the Villa Pamphili and its gardens

ARCHITECTURE. ITALY.
Untitled manuscript in Italian on paper in brown ink, with illustrations in ink and was over pencil underdrawings.

Italy: possibly Rome, late 17th c., ca. 1693

$65,000.00

Quarto: 22.5 x 16.4 cm. 2 unn. lvs., 8 lvs. foliated 1-8, pp. 9-180, 183-185, 188-189, 200-205, 208-233, 224-231, [1], 231-267 pp., followed by 68 unn. lvs., blank aside from leaf 61 and 65. Apparently lacking one leaf between pages 180 and 183. The rest of the pagination irregularities are just numbering errors.

A fine, unpublished architectural manuscript with sections on mathematics, perspective, ballistics. Several prominent buildings are described and illustrated, including Rome’s Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo dei Senatori on the Campidoglio, Sant’Agnese, and the Villa Pamphili. The text is profusely illustrated with very precise architectural drawings in ink and wash.

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Achieving a Synthesis of Architecture, Painting, & Scenography

ARCHITECTURE. THEATER DESIGN. Galli Bibiena, Giuseppe (1696-1757)
Architetture, e prospettive dedicate alla maesta di Carlo Sesto.

Augsburg: Andreas Pfeffel, 1740

$26,000.00

Folio: 39.5 x 30 cm. 5 folding lvs. (1 letterpress leaf, 4 engraved lvs. (title, dedication, frontis., and portrait), 50 engraved plates divided into 5 series of 10 plates each.

First edition of this important architectural work, richly illustrated, by Giuseppe Galli da Bibiena. First edition of this richly illustrated work on architecture and perspective. The finely engraved plates show brilliant baroque compositions for catafalques, theatrical scenes, a series for the Passion of Christ in elaborate architectural settings, and the decoration of the Riding School at Vienna for the marriage of the Archduchess Mariana with Prince Charles of Lorraine.

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Fowler, 136; Kat. Berlin, 4152; not in Millard; not in Vagnetti

A Sammelband of Major Architectural Works & Related Engravings

ARCHITECTURE. Vredeman de Vries, Jan (1527- ca. 1607); Dietterlin, Wendel (ca. 1550-1599); Floris de Vriendt, Cornelius II (before 1514-1575), et al.
A magnificent, profusely illustrated sammelband, consisting mainly of (more than 300) large engraved and etched plates, comprising several major architectural treatises - including the masterpiece of the mannerist architecture Wendel Dietterlin and three important suites by Vredeman de Vries- augmented with an additional three rare series of plates of architectural elements and ornaments.

Antwerp, Nuremberg, and elsewhere: Various printers, 1557-1604

$45,000.00

1. Vredeman de Vries, Jan (1527- ca. 1607)

 Architectura [Ou art de bastir des Antiques, tiré de Vitruve: qui sont cincq ordres de colonnes, don’t l’on peut tirer toutes sortes de bastimens, selon l’usance et coustume de chascun pays: utile à tous Architects, Massons, Tailleurs de pierre, Menuisiers, et à tous amateurs de l’Architecture.

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Two New Instruments for Drawing in Perspective

ART. ARCHITECTURE. PERSPECTIVE. Gargiolli, Guglielmo (d. 1664)
Iride celeste de Guglielmo Gargiolli […] Strumento con il quale con facilita si puo disegnare qualsivoglia veduta, e sapere la sua giusta altezza, larghezza, e lontanaza dal luog'ove si sta a disegnarla.

Florence: Giovanni Antonio Bonardi, 1655

$15,000.00

Quarto: 20.3 x 14.7 cm. 93 pp. A-M4 (H1 is a cancel, -L4), π1. With an added portrait-frontispiece of the author, 1 folding table, and 5 folding plates.

Very rare first edition of this treatise on perspective by Guglielmo Gargiolli, the renowned mathematician of the Medici courts of Siena and Florence, and a correspondent of Galileo. The work is dedicated to Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

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Riccardi, VII, p. 40, «è de noverarsi fra i primi tentativi di distanziometria», Riccardi mistakenly records an earlier edition of 1619 relying on Targioni, Atti, I, p. 334, but the date is obviously incorrect in respect of Gargiolli’s rather obscure biography. See ‘Le opere dei discepoli di G. Galilei, Carteggio (1642–48)’, vol. I, a cura di P. Galluzzi e M. Torrini, Firenze 1975, no. 11

Continuing the work of Pacioli and Leonardo - A Fundamental Work on Perspective and the Graphic Representation of Architecture - A Book that Directly Influenced Palladio’s Representation of Buildings in his “Quattro Libri Dell’Architettura”(1570)

Barbaro, Daniele (1540-1570)
La Practica della Perspectiva.

Venice, Borgominieri, 1569

$16,500.00

Folio: 29 x 22 cm. 195 pp., (6) ff. Collation: A-O4, P6, Q-Z4, Aa4, Bb6

First edition of the first systematic treatise on the practical applications of perspective, “La Practica della Perspectiva”, written by the distinguished Venetian patron of Palladio, Daniele Barbaro. Barbaro produced his own edition of Vitruvius in 1567, for which Palladio had furnished illustrations.

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Fowler 36; Millard, Italian Architecture, p. 38-40; Mortimer 39; Vagnetti EIIb23; Wiebenson III-B-7; Berlin Katalog 4694; Kemp, Science of Art, p. 189. Adams B-171; Riccardi I/1°, col. 76; Vagnetti, Prospettiva, EIIb23; Gernsheim, History of Photography, pp. 7-8.

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

Magnificent Views of 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

$22,000.00

Large Folio: 53.5 x 38 cm. [vi], 72 pp. Collation: [π]3, A-Z1, Aa-.Nn1. With 44 double-paged 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 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

An Unpublished Architectural Treatise – Illustrated with 20 Drawings

Bianconi, Domenico
Vedute d'architettura antica in prospettiva di Domenico Bianconi alla Reale Academia di Francia in Roma.

Rome: the author, ca. 1760

$45,000.00

Oblong quarto: 21 x 27.6 cm. 29 unnumbered leaves, comprising 1 blank, 2 calligraphic title pages, a portrait of the author (aged 75), 4 leaves of text with ruled borders, and 20 full-page architectural drawings in brown ink and wash.

A remarkable, unpublished manuscript treatise by Domenico Bianconi, an architect and scenographer who worked in the style of Ferdinando Galli Bibiena (1657-1743). The manuscript was written while Bianconi was professor of perspective at the French Academy in Rome.

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The Sumptuous Illumination of Turin

FESTIVALS.
La Sontuosa Illuminazione della Città di Torino per l'Augusto Sposalizio delle Reali Maesta' di Carlo Emmanuele Re di Sardegna e di Elisabetta Teresa di Lorena.

Turin: Gio. Battista Chais, 1737

$15,000.00

Folio: 35.8 x 24 cm. Engraved frontis., XXXVII p., XVII p., 14 plates. (A-G2, A-D2, E1)

One of the most beautiful 18th c. Italian festival books and of the Piemontese Baroque. Both the festival and the book commemorating it occupied the combined efforts of some of the most important artists and architects of the period. The decorations of the buildings, the apparatus, the fireworks, and the machines were invented by the architects Borra, Massone, Piovani, Bernardi, Agliaudi, and Bernardo Vittone.

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Cicognara 1504. Vinet 600. Lipperheide 2761. Peyrot I, 151. Berlin 3072. Ruggieri 848. Watanabe 1545

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.

16th c. Italian Architecture in England - The First Treatise on Painting Printed in England

Lomazzo, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1600); Haydock(e), Richard (1570- ca. 1642), translator.
A tracte containing the artes of curious paintinge caruinge & buildinge written first in Italian by Io: Paul Lomatius painter of Milan and Englished by R.H student in physik

Oxford: by Ioseph Barnes for R[ichard] H[aydock], 1598

$25,000.00

π6, *6, A-K6, Aa-Rr6, Ss8

The book is illustrated by the translator with an engraved title page and 13 full-page engravings in the text, illustrating the proportions of humans and horses; architectural elements, and a perspective diagram.

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ESTC S 111822; Luborsky & Ingram. Engl. illustrated books, 1536-1603, 16698; Madan, I, p. 46; STC (2nd ed.), 16698; Vagnetti, EIIb34; On the Italian editions: Adams, L-1419 (1584); Fowler, 156 (the Latin ed. of 1585; mentioning the English edition); Kat. Berlin, 4612 (1584).

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

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.

$12,500.00

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.

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 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

$5,400.00

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

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")

The First Three-Volume Guide Book to Ancient & “Modern” Rome. In Contemporary Bindings

ROME. Roisecco, Gregorio (18th c.)
Roma Antica, e Moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni tanto sagri, quanto profani della città di Roma: formata con l’autorità del Cardinale Baronio, Ciacconio, Bosio, Panciroli, Marliani, Panvinio… Abbellita con duecento, e più figure di rame e con curiose notizie istoriche. Distinta in 14 rioni secondo l’ultimo dipartimento fattone per comandamento di N.S.Benedetto XIV.. felicemente regnante. Divisa in tre tomi.

Rome: Gregorio Roisecco mercante di libri in Piazza Navona nella stamperia Puccinelli, 1750

$6,800.00

Octavo: 3 volumes: 16.5 x 11 cm.

A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. In addition to the 3 engraved title pages, the 2 folding engraved maps, and the 29 folding engraved plates, the three volumes are illustrated with 158 engravings in the text. (Vol. I with 82, Vol. II with 68, Vol. III with 8.)This publication marks the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome.

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Fossati Bellani 704; Olschki Choix 17963; Schudt 207

A Complete, Three-Volume Guide to Ancient & “Modern” Rome - Complete with 39 folding engraved plates

Rome. Roisecco, Niccola (18th c.)
Roma antica, e moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni sagri, e profani della città di Roma: co' nomi degl' autori di tutte le opere di architettura, scultura, e pittura ... : Una relazione della presente corte di Roma de' suoi ministri, cogregazioni, e tribunali, e la cronologia de' re, consoli, imperadori e pontefici Romani: con duecento e piu figure in rame. Il tutto cavato dal Baronio, Bosio, Nardini, Grevio, ed altri classici autori. Tomo primo[-terzo].

Rome: A spese di Niccola Roisecco, 1765

$6,500.00

Octavo: 3 volumes: 17 x 12 cm. I. a8, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8, Tt-Xx4 (Xx4 blank and present). With an engraved frontis. (a1) and 19 added plates. II. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Rr8, Ss-Tt4, Vv6. With 20 added plates. III. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Mm8, Nn4, Oo8 (With Oo8 blank and present.)

A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. This publication marks 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.

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Rossetti 8883; Schudt 208

Sadeler’s Views of Rome & The Bay of Naples

Sadeler, Aegidius (1570-1629)
Vestigi delle antichita di Roma Tivoli Pozzvolo et altri luochi. Con privilegio di sua Sac. Ces. Mae. Stampati in Praga da Aegidio Sadeler scultore di essa mae 1606.

Rome: Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi, 1660

$18,000.00

Oblong folio: 37 x 20 cm. I. Engraved title page and 50 engraved plates.

Thirty-six of these images were copied by Aegidius Sadeler from Etienne Du Pérac's " Vestigi dell'Antichità di Roma" (Rome 1575). For the other images, Sadeler drew on drawings by Jan Breughel the elder and Pieter Stevens. Marco Sadeler, whose name appears on the plates, was an engraver and print seller in Prague in the early 1600's and probably the nephew of Aegidius.

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Olschki 18017; Fowler 283; Berlin Katalog 1856; Bartsch (1978) LXXII, pt. 1, 161-211; Cicognara 3871 (1606 ed.); Hollstein Dutch XXI, 151-201; Weinreb 2, 129; BAL III, nr. 2882 (all plates listed individually); Kissner 408; Catalogue of the exhibition "Vestigi delle antichita ... Momenti dell'elaborazione di un'immagine", edited by Anna Grelle, Rome 1987, pages 123-144 and passim.

"The most ambitious of the Renaissance treatises on architecture"

Scamozzi, Vincenzo (1552-1616)
L'idea della architettura universale, di Vincenzo Scamozzi architetto veneto divisa in X. libri [...] Parte seconda Dell'esquisitezza de' cinque ordini ...

Venice: Giorgio Valentini, 1615

$12,000.00

Folio: 33.8 x 22.5 cm. Part I: [16], 90, [7], 96-128, 125-193, [2], 194-218, [4], 219-352, [34] p. (included in the pagination are: engr. t.-pl. (incl. port.), 36 full-page woodcuts (3 dble.), 4 dble. engr. pl.). - Part II: [12], 172, [4], 173-232, 235-[269], [v], 271-370, [22] p. (included in the pagination are: engr. t.-pl. (incl. port.), 40 engr. pl. (1 dble.), 6 full-page woodcuts). This pagination for Part I includes the printer

“Scamozzi, along with Sebastiano Serlio, Palladio, and Vignola, was one of the most distinguished theorists of the Renaissance… He is distinguished among 16th century Italian architectural theorists in having also produced a large body of surviving architectural works.

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Cicognara 651; Avery 54; Fowler 292; Berlin Kat. 2605; Cicognara 651; BAL, RIBA 2917; Millard Italian 123. Collated against the Royal Academy copy.

“The Grand Tour” - The First Printed Guide Book of The Vatican Museums - Printed on Blue Paper

VATICAN MUSEUMS [Clement XIV, Pope (reg. 1769-1774); Pius VI, Pope (reg. 1775-1799)] Massi, Pasquale, da Cesena
Indicazione Antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano, stesa da Pasquale Mass Cesenate Custode del Museo Stesso/ Catalogue Indicatif des Antiquitès Composant Le Musèe Pie-Clèmentin au Vatican par Paschal Massi de Cesèns Garde du dit Musèe.

Rome: Presso Lazzarini, 1792

$8,400.00

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.8 cm. [4] 216 pp. Collation: [ ]2, a-m8, n12 (the first leaf [ ]1 is a blank and is present)

The Museo Pio-Clementino was the first major curatorial museum within what are known today collectively as the Vatican Museums. In 1771, Pope Clement XIV had Michelangelo Simonetti adapt the Belvedere Pavilion to accommodate the papal collection of ancient art. When Clement’s successor, the avid art collector Pius VI, was elevated to the pontificate in 1775, the pace of acquisition increased dramatically and very soon the collections outgrew the rooms arranged for them by Simonetti.

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Cicognara 3408