219 pp. late 18th century guidebook to ancient and modern Rome, divided into ten days of sightseeing in different geographical areas of the city, with information on the city's ancient and modern architecture, including churches, monasteries, colleges, temples, theaters, forums, palaces, statues, libraries, and works of art, illustrated with eight folding plates and a number of smaller text illustrations, illustrations include San Pietro in Vaticano, San Paolo fuori le Mura, San Sebastiano fuori le Mura, San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, and others, plate no. 5 possibly signed "Piranesi inc." and plate 7 signed "Pulini Sc." Very minor scattered foxing. 8vo. Original vellum, title handwritten to spine, some extremely minor soiling and rubbing, overall excellent. Rome (Casaletti) 1775. Rossetti G-1275; Borroni 8157; Olschki 17226; Schudt 275 (incomplete); Sicari 366.
A very fine copy of a scarce guidebook to Rome. This edition includes information on the Museo Clementino, founded by Pope Clement XIV in 1771 to originally house Renaissance and antique works, before later being enlarged by Pope Pius VI. According to numerous sources, plates 2-4 in this volume are also copies of Piranesi etchings, which are unsigned here and have been heavily reworked. As of September 2019, WorldCat locates only six holdings in United States institutions. Book ID: 50218