Nuova Descrizione del Vaticano, o sia della Sacrosanta Basilica di S. Pietro. Vols. II and III: Nuova Descrizione del Vaticano, o sia del Palazzo Apostolico di San Pietro
by Chattard, Giovanni Pietro
1762. 3 vols., (6), XXXVIII, 428, XLIV, 555, LII, 468 pp. description of the Vatican and St. Peter's, with detailed chapters covering every aspect of the architecture and layout of the Basilica di San Pietro and the Palazzo Apostolico or Papal Palace, including each individual arch, altar, and chapel in the church, and every room, garden, and feature in the Palazzo, notes including bibliographic information, index, 6 fine engraved plates in Vol. I (all large foldouts) showing floor plans and views, including a schematic floor plan of the church, and one comparing the floor plan of St. Peter's to other churches including St. Paul's in London, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Duomo in Florence, the Duomo in Milan, and other Italian structures. Minor scattered foxing and toning. 12mo. Half-leather. Some wormholing and minor abrasions. Rome (Eredi Barbiellini/Mainardi) 1762-1767. Second and third volumes with ex-library bookplates from Biblioteca Banzi pasted down to the inside front covers. Rossetti 1833, Schudt 1006, Cicognara 3664. Provenance: From the library of Sergio Rossetti. An excellent copy of a thorough description of the church and the entire complex with all its art treasures.
(Inventory #: 25715)
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