LA CITTA DI ROMA Ovvero Breve Descrizione di Questa Superba Citta
Roma (Rome, Italy), Venanzio Monaldini et al 1779, hb. Ill.: sixteen folding maps. Bound in original boards; spine strengthened with japon paper. 12mo, pp. 444. "Con due piante generali, e quelle de'suoi quattordici Rioni, incisi in rame per comodo de'Forestieri."
¶ Two volumes ("parte") in one. The text is in Italian. No author identified. WorldCat has two distinct listings for this title: one showing the author as Venanzio Monaldini, an Italian, and the other as Dominique Magnan, a Frenchman. Monaldini was a publisher and bookseller active in Rome during the 18th and early 19th centuries. He is shown as one of three co-publishers of this title. Magnan (1731-1796) is not. He is, however, known to be the author of several other similar works, published between 1765 to 1777. One reference describes him as a "numismatic archaeologist". However, the edition with Magnan as the author is usually described as being four volumes in one large quarto volume, with 44 plates and maps. Our title has 16 finely etched copperplate folding maps, but no plates. We suspect that our copy is a pirated edition of Magnan's work. It is in the original boards, now well-worn. The leather spine had a vertical crack, from head to foot, but this has now been expertly repaired and covered over with with matching japon paper, and a paper spine label. The front hinge was cracked, and the endpapers were beyond salvation, so the hinge has been repaired and the endpapers replaced. The comprehensive index at the end of the book has some early ink interlineations and annotations. The text is otherwise remarkably clean and the folding maps are really quite nice. Overall, a good, to good plus, copy of this rather rare work.
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Keywords: Rome Italy