Elaborately engraved title and 50 additional engraved plates, printed recto only, showing finely worked and highly detailed views of Roman ruins still in existence in Rome, Tivoli, Pozzuolo and surrounding areas as of the 16th century, each print with detailed caption. Crease to title, minor old damp-staining, slight soiling and handling wear, small marginal tear to bottom of plate 29 which does not enter into image. Oblong folio. Leather-backed boards, raised spine. Some very minor edgewear and abrasions. Prague (Aegidio Sadeler) 1606. Hand-written inscription to title page dated 1638. Olschki 18017, Cicognara 3871.
Marco Sadeler was an engraver and print seller in Prague in the early 17th century. Thirty-six of the plates were copied by Sadeler from drawings done by his undle, Aegidius Sadeler, for Etienne Du Pérac's "Vestigi dell'Antichità di Roma" (1575). For some of the other views, Marco Sadeler copied or drew inspiration from works by Jan Breughel the elder and Pieter Stevens.
An impressive work, notable for its detail and richness of expression, here present in its first edition. In the middle of the 17th century, a copy of this work made its way to Rome where it was copied for Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi by Girolamo Ferri, and then published in 1660. The views presented here include ruins and monuments in Rome, Tivoli, and Pozzuoli, as well as views from around the Bay of Naples as they existed in the sixteenth and early seventeeth centuries, full of life.
Book ID: 51162