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Book Number 3689 
Author Giacomo Lauro; Giovanni Alto 
Title Splendore dell Antica e Moderna Roma nel Quale si Rappresentano Tutti i principali Tempii, Teatri, Anfiteatri, Cerchi, Naumachie, Archi Trionfali, Obelischi, Palagii, Terme, Curie, Basiliche, Fatti della Re, Consoli, Dittatori, & Imperadori Romani dignita civili, e militari, ordine de’ trionfi, nomi di tutti i trionfanti, sacrificio militare, colonna Traiana, colonna Antonina, colonna milliaria, colonna rostrata, & colonna bellica, con li piu segnalati giardini de gli antichi, e moderni Romani, & alter cose notabili, con fatti, & imprese di quelli, da’quali sono stati eretti, e dedicati : et in questa ultima impressione abbellito di molti disegni antichi, e moderni, & aggiuntoui le descrittioni delle figure cauate dall’antichi medaglie de gl’imperadori, in quattro lingiaggi Latino, Italiano, Tedesco, e Francese, per utilita commune. 
Date 1641 
Publisher Andrea Fei 
Place of Publication Rome 
Volume Information 4 Parts in 1 Volume. 
Cover Contemporary full marbled calf, tastefully rebacked in six compartments of raised blind bands and gilt floral motifs, gilt text on two and six, all edges marbled.  
Illustration With 171 plates (misnumbered as 166), including five extra plates by Lauro. 
Size Oblong Folio.  
Condition Plates 32 & 48 with 2-inch tear extending into plate from lower margin, with no loss to text or image, otherwise a very good copy in attractive period binding. 
Pagination Foliation. 1 ff., to the reader, apostrophe to the city of Rome, title, portrait plate, plates 1-3, unnumerated plate, 4-7, text 3 ff., 8-11, text 2 ff., 12-126, text 3 ff., 127-156, 3 unnumerated plates, 157-166, 1 ff. 
Reference Millard IV:200; Rossetti, Rome 6081; Boronni 7795.12; Brunet III:881; Olschki Choix XI:17386; BMC XIV:972.552; Kistner 823; Graesse IV:123. 
Translation Info  
Notes Text is in Latin, Italian, German and French. Giacomo Lauro was an Italian painter, engraver, printer and antiquarian, of the late Renaissance period, active mainly in his native Venice and Treviso. He was a follower of Paolo Veronese. He published his famous “Antiquae urbis splendor” in four parts (1612, 1613, 1615, 1628). Giovanni Alto (a Swiss antiquarian who served in Rome as a papal guard) edited and had this edition published in 1641, translating it from its original Latin into Italian, German, and French. In volume four of “The Mark J. Millard Collection,” Pollak notes that the editor “claims to have expanded Lauro’s no longer available book and to have rearranged it to suit Northern readers…. The ‘Antiquae urbis splendor’ is distinguished from previous publications fashionable in sixteenth century Rome--which turned the city into a series of melancholy vedute ruins--by Lauro’s decision to illustrate reconstructions of the ruins of Rome…. The fourth part provides a gallery of pictures that show contemporary Rome dominated by ruins…. Lauro’s reconstruction of ancient Rome found a broad public…. Its persuasiveness was based in rhetorically conveying the richness of Rome and its architectural heritage” (200).  
Price (US$) 6500  
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