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AQUILA, Francesco Faraone (c. 1676--c. 1740)
[Stylobates columnae Antoninae. 1708]
Stylobates columnae Antoninae nvper e rvder ibvs campi Martii jvssv SS. D. N. Clementis. XI. effossvs in tres tabvlas distribvtvs.
Romæ: cura, et impensis Domenici de Rubeis, 1708.
[2] p., engr. t.-pl., III pl. ; 46.7 cm. (2º)

At foot of title-plate imprint: 'Franciscus Aquila opus hoc delineauit, et incidit'. The letterpress leaf is a dedication with caption title 'Ad Amico Lectori Dominicus De Rubeis.' The three plates depicting the base of the Columna Antonini Pii appear in some but not all copies of the second edition of Pietro Santi Bartoli's Columna Antoniniana, which was issued with the title Columna Cochlis M. Aurelio Antonino Augusto ... in 1704 (q.v.). The tablets shown include an inscription; the apotheosis of Antoninus Pius; and a Roman funeral. The base of the column from which these are drawn is today in the Cortile delle Pigna in the Vatican Museums complex. Subsequently the title-plate as above was added, dated 1708, and used both for a separate issue of the present plates, and apparently as a title-plate for a reissue of the whole collection as in the British Library copy, shelfmark 1707.a.6. (See BAL, Early printed books, no. 213.) Another issue of the same year exists with slightly varying plates and without the letterpress dedication leaf by D. de' Rossi (q.v.); priority of issue unknown, but the numbered plates in the present issue appear superior in execution, with more attention to the marbling effects in the background of the reliefs depicted, and ornamental figures at the sides which are not present in the other issue. Berlin Kat. 4207.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with a copy of the Domenico de' Rossi issue of Pietro Ferrerio, Palazzi di Roma (q.v., copy 5). Rear free-endpaper with ownership inscription in ink of Charles C. Cholmondeley / Hodnet / nr Shrewsbury. / 1828. Illegible ownership(?) inscription in ink on front free-endpaper. Front pastedown inscribed in pencil 24.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label reading 'Columna Anto / nina'.

Reference Number 3218


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