224 leaf volume containing the first true topographical description of Rome, a description of the introduction of printing in Rome, and notes on a few significant collections including Angelo Colocci's collection of antiquities at his villa and Andrea Cardinal della Valle's collection of Roman coins, table of contents. Not illustrated. Very minor worm damage, a few pages with minor soiling or ink staining, some notations and a small paper stamp to endpapers. 16mo. Original vellum, professionally restored and repaired. Venezia (Michele Tramezino) 1543. Rossetti 5155; Borroni 7914/4; Fossati Bellani 898; Kissner 738; Graesse II, 646; NUC187, 675; Scano 2; Schudt 599; Scotto 192; Sicari 091; Adams-F 1154.
Fulvio published two works during his lifetime: Illustrium Immagines in 1517, which contained one of the first attempts to identify figures from antiquity through numismatic portraits; and Antiquitates Urbis, a guide to the city of Rome's antiquities. In 1543, his works were collected and translated into common Italian to appeal to the average citizen, as shown in the present volume. The resulting work was so popular and proved to be such a useful guidebook that it was updated and reprinted in 1588. Book ID: 48777