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VILLA PAMPHILIA ...
Villa Pamphilia, eivsque Palativm, cvm svis prospectibvs, statvae, fontes, vivaria, theatra, areolae, plantarvm, viarumqve ordines, cum eiusdem villæ absoluta delineatione.
Romæ: formis Jo. Jacobi de Rubeis, [ca. 1675--91]
[4] p., [83] engr. pl. ; 40.5 cm. (2°)

With an engraved portrait and dedication to Giambattista Pamphili, who inherited the Villa Doria-Pamphili from his father in 1666. The title-page is undated, probably deliberately in order to enable reprints and reissues over a longer period of time. The core of the work consists of some seventy unsigned plates of statues and busts, to which were added views of the villa and fountains. BAL establishes the likely date of first issue around 1675 or 1676, suggested by the presence of four plates from the third part of G.B. Falda's Le fontane di Roma (q.v.) and the inclusion of the present work in G.G. de' Rossi's catalogue for 1675. It probably continued to be issued with slight variations in the number and order of the plates until de' Rossi's death in 1691. The above collation is derived from the BAL copy, which lacks the plan found in some copies (but not the Soane one). See BAL, Early printed books, no. 3482.

Copy Notes The Soane copy, which lacks the portrait plate, has a total of 69 unnumbered plates. The view of the entrance gate to the 'Villa Pamphila' signed 'Dominicus Barriere Massiliensis' (BAL pl. [8]) is bound in this copy as an additional engraved title-plate. The remaining 68 plates have been given pencil numbers, as follows:
[1-3] Three views of fountains signed as drawn and engraved by G.B. Falda and with G.G. de' Rossi's undated imprint lines (BAL pl. [9-11]);
[4-46] Forty-three views of statues at the Villa, mostly identified by captions on the plinths (i.e. lacking seven of the BAL copy's pl. [12-61]);
[47-68] Twenty-two busts at the Villa, mostly identified by captions at the foot of the plates (BAL pl. [62-83]).

Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper £1:2. The front paste-down inscribed in ink in a bold hand GrIo(?).

Binding C17th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine.

Reference Number 3215


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