Composite volume containing engraved plates showing the many fountains in Rome, taken from a variety of sources.

Rome, c. 1640s

4to (260 x 200 mm.), 87 fine engraved plates of fountains (of which 7 are folding) + 6 engraved plates of statues (signed Stefano Scolari and Sadeler, printed in Munich?); there are two or three wormholes throughout at the foot of the book, not touching any image, one of the wormholes becomes large in the last twenty plates, again not affecting any plates, it does not distract, and contributes to the volume's rustic charm; the plates are on the whole in very strong and excellent impressions, there is some light marginal finger soiling; bound in contemporary vellum. Bold mss ownership inscription of Hyacinthus Jacek Lopacki, Archpresbyter of Krakow (d. 1761) who vigorously crossed out an early mss ownership inscription; Lopacki was responsible for the baroque make-over of the main Krakow church, St. Mary's.


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A fascinating volume assembling plates from a variety of sources to illustrate the many fountains which are to be found in Rome. All engravings have etched in the plate the name of the fountain depicted, but they vary in style. Some have busy staffage; others show the fountain in their architectural or garden setting, some are just shown starkly on their own. A number of fountains illustrated here have not survived the ravages of time; others are illustrated twice but from different angles or after having changed their appearance.

It is very difficult to assign the plates to series. There are the title page and 22 plates taken from Parasacchi’s Raccolta delle principali fontane dell’inclitta citta di Roma, dessegnate et intagliate da Domenico Parasacchi, con la nova agiunta da Girolamo Felice Romano et intagliata da Pietro Miotte (Rome, Giovanni Battista de Rossi,1647). A further 22 elaborate and figurative plates come from Maggi’s Fontane diverse (Rome 1645). Four plates are signed by Francesco Corduba.

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