Antiquae Urbis Splendor hoc est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa, Amphitheatra, Theatra, Circi, Naumachiae, Arcus Triumphales, Mausolea, Aliaque, Sumptuosiora, Aedificia, Pompae Item Triumphalis et Colossaearum Imaginum Description
by Lauro, Giacomo
4 parts in one volume, incl. title, dedication, and 166 fine etched plates by Lauro showing a wide array of images of the city of Rome, including monuments and ruins from the Roman era as well as more recent additions during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, ranging from views of temples, amphitheaters, circuses and triumphal arches to depictions of myths and allegories. Title page rubbed and chipped at edges and with some significant stains; numerous instances of waterstains throughout the volume, mostly marginal; a few plates towards the beginning of the volume bound out of order. Oblong large 4to. Early vellum, edges rubbed, minor soiling, some splitting along spine.. Rome (Vitale Mascardi) 1637. Ex-libris copy. Rossetti 6077; Borroni 7995/5; Olschki 17385. An early, but not first, edition of one of the most famous, exhaustive and influential view books of the monuments and antiquities of ancient and modern Rome, which was reprinted in various forms over the centuries; as well as later editions under the same title, Domenico de' Rossi and Pietro Santi Bartoli used 138 of Lauro's engravings from this work in their 1699 publication, Romanae Magnitudinis Monumenta. The charming and detailed engravings are accompanied by extensive etched captions, providing detailed critical material on many of the most notable sites in the city. Despite some staining and other minor flaws, a satisfactory copy of a masterwork, most plates with strongly inked, clean impressions. (Inventory #: 47124)
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