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OVERBEEK, Bonaventura van (1660--1706)
[Reliquiae antiquae urbis Romae. 1708]
Reliqviae antiqvae vrbis Romae, quarum singulas Innocentio XI. Alexandro VIII. & Innocentio XII. PP. MM. diligentissime perscrutatus est, ad vivum delineavit, dimensus est, descripsit, atque in aes incidit Bonaventvra ab Overbeke. Opvs postvmvm Michael ab Overbeke suis sumptibus edi curavit. Tomvs I. (-III.).
Amstelaedami excudit Ioannes Crellivs, 1708.
3 vols [in 1] ; 53.3 cm. (1°)
I: [24], 87, [1] p., engr. frontis., engr. dedic., engr. port., engr. double-page map, 46 etch pl. : [13] engr. illus.
II: [2], 73, [1] p., 50 etch. pl.: [12] engr. illus.
III: [2], 61, [1] p., 50 etch. pl. : [9] engr. illus.

Bonaventura van Overbeek visited Rome several times during the last two decades of the seventeenth century, making drawings, measurements and descriptions of buildings which he worked up into etched plates and descriptive text after his return to Amsterdam. The manuscript was completed and the work, with a dedication to Queen Anne, was seen through the press after his death by his nephew Michael van Overbeek, who was probably also responsible for the French translation of the following year (q.v.). The map of 'Roma' in vol. I depicts the seven hills of the ancient city surrounded by symbols. An Italian translation in octavo was published in London in 1739, accompanied by a separate folio volume of reversed copies of the plates (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bound in one volume. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. Bound in preceding the map of ancient Rome is an extraneous map of the city, titled 'Novissima Et Accuratissima Delineatio Romæ Veteris et Novæ Auctore Iacobo De La Feuille' and signed 'Car[lo] Maratti in et delin, Piet[ro] Aquila inc', with undated Amsterdam imprint of Jacques de la Feuille. The map, based on Giovanni Battista Falda's 1676 'Nuova Pianta' of Rome, can be dated to 1691--1700 by the armorial device of Pope Innocent XII. See M. Frutaz, Le piante di Roma (Roma 1962), v. I, p. 224 (CLXI), III, pl. 377. It is reprinted in a later state with altered title and imprint in François Jacques Deseine, Rome moderne, première ville de l'Europe, 1713 (q.v.).

Binding C19th(?) diced russia over Dutch Baltic bevelled wooden boards, upper and lower cover blind-panelled and stamped with central arabesque cartouche, the spine with title direct-lettered in gilt, and raised bands forming ten compartments blind-stamped with single, repeated ornament. The binding appears to be a very thorough piece of deliberately archaic work, possibly by Charles Murton, who specialized in blind stamping and was active between 1821 and 1840 (see Ramsden, London book binders 1780--1840, London [1987], p. 109, pl. XXI).

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