(Essays on new buildings and architecture in Rome).
4to. 46 separate manuscript essays, totalling some 450pp of text, of which 41 carry dates between 1873 and 1881. In untrimmed sheets as issued, preserved in a contemporary quarter cloth folder. An unrelated 8-page list of antiquities found in Rome in 1873-4 loosely inserted at end.
The author, Giuseppe Verzili, an architect and engineer living in Rome in the1870s and the early 1880s, was a regular contributor on architectural topics to the literary and artistic periodical Il Buonarroti, and this collection of the original manuscripts of his writings offers an unusual opportunity to follow the architectural development of Rome during this period through the eyes of a well-informed critic. They cover between them most subjects of contemporary architectural controversy (the architecture of the grander new town houses of the period, church architecture, public works projects, and more general questions of style and aesthetics), and they conclude with three essays written in 1880-1 on preliminary proposals for the competition for the Victor Emmanuel monument.