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Guattani, Giuseppe Antonio

Roma descritta ed illustrata … in questa seconda edizione corretta ed accresciuta.

Roma, Stamperia Pagliarini 1805, 1805.

Reference: 13105a
Price: £780 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 2 vols in 1. Engraved frontispiece, (4) + 122pp, double-page folding engraved map, (27) folding engraved plates (numbered 1-25, 25.2, 26) ; (4) + 150 + (2)pp, (30) engraved plates (numbered 1-4, *, 31-55, of which three are larger and folding). Contemporary quarter calf, chipped at head of spine. Book label of Bibliotheca Reuvensiana pasted to verso of front free endpaper (allowing the identification of this copy as that which was lot 852 in the auction sale at Leiden in October 1838 of the library of Prof. Caspar Reuvens).

Second and fullest edition of this thorough descriptive account of the surviving buildings and monuments of ancient Rome, first published under the title Roma Antica at Bologna in 1795. Its value for contemporary scholars and readers was that Guattani (1748-1830), Secretary of the Pontificia Accademia Romano di Archeologia, concentrated on providing accurate architectural descriptions of the remains of the major temples, baths and other structures, with accompanying measured elevations and ground plans, while also keeping abreast of recent archaeological discoveries (numerous footnotes marked with asterisks provide information not found in the earlier 1795 edition). Guattani also provides, in Chapter X of his second volume, descriptions of St.Peter’s and of the Vatican Palace, and brief comments on the architecture of the principal Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the Roman aristocracy. The present copy is shown by a printed book label to have belonged to Prof. Caspar Jacob Christiaan Reuvens (1793-1835), a pioneer field archaeologist in the Netherlands and founding director of the Museum of Antiquities. BAL Cat 1392 ; Schudt 773 ; Cicognara 3753 ; Olschki 17084.