Progetto di un teatro municipale del Conte Antonio Lovatti pubblicato per cura diRomualdo Gentilucci.
Roma, Giuseppe Mengoni (1853).
Large folio. 20pp, 4 double-page engraved plates. Original printed wrappers. A good, clean copy.
A rare volume in large folio format which publishes a design for a new public theatre in Rome by Conte Antonio Lovatti. Although Lovatti seems not to have been a professional architect, the theatre which he envisages is impressive and very competently planned and drawn, and Lovatti’s introductory text shows that he was fully aware of current ideas on acoustics and on the design of theatre interiors. He states that the semi-circular rear elevation of his theatre is derived from that of the Theatre of Marcellus. Interestingly enough, he intended his theatre for exactly the same site on one side of the Corso as the proposed theatre for which an earlier architect, Pietro Sangiorgi, had published designs in 1821, and comparisons are instructive. Some copies of this title have two of the plates printed as sepia aquatints, but in the present copy all the plates are ordinary engravings.