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ROSSI, Giovanni Giacomo de' (fl. 1650--1691)
[Insignium Romae templorum prospectus. 1684]
Insignivm Romæ templorvm prospectvs exteriores interioresqve a celebrioribvs architectis inventi nvnc tandem svis cvm plantis ac mensvris a Io. Iacobo de Rvbeis Romano svis typis in lvcem editi ad ædem Pacis cvm privilegio Svmmi Pontificis. Anno. MDCLXXXIIII.
[Rome]: [Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi], [1684].
72 pl. ; 48.7 cm. (2º)

The 72 numbered plates included the etched and engraved title-plate with dedication to Pope Innocent XI as pl. 1 and the frontispiece as pl. 2. Plates 9-10, 26-27, and 43-44 are intended to be joined together to form folded or double-page plates. The plates are mostly reprinted and reworked coppers from earlier sources; for details see BAL catalogue. Shortly after it was first issued, de' Rossi added a companion work on the altars of Roman churches, Disegni di vari altari e cappelle nelle chiese di Roma (q.v.), with which copies of the present work are often found, as in Soane copies 1 and 2. "This was one of the most important books for the dissemination o of ideas and forms of Roman baroque architects and was in use in England. We know that Wren owned a copy and the influence of some of the ideas illustrated can be traced in some of his churches." (Weinreb 40:344). BAL, Early printed works, no. 2845.

Copy Notes Soane bought two copies of the present work at the Adam sale, Christies, 21 May 1818, lots 119 and 148 for £1 17s. 0d. each, but these cannot be securely identified with any of the four copies in Soane's library. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12).
Copy 1: With plates 9-10, 26-27, and 43-44 joined together. Bound (1) with copies of de' Rossi's Disegni di vari altari ... (q.v., copy 4), Ferrerio's Palazzi di Roma (q.v., copy 4), and Falda's Giardini di Roma (q.v., copy 1). The volume's contents and the numbers of the plates are listed in ink in an earlier English hand on the front free-endpaper, which has the upper fore-edge corner excised as if to remove an ownership inscription. The front pastedown inscribed in ink Cat and in pencil with 1.11.6; booksellers' codes in ink and pencil on the rear endpapers.
Copy 2: 47.9 cm. Bound (1) with de' Rossi's Disegni di vari altari ... (q.v., copy 1) in a volume inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper in an Italian hand Insignium Romæ Templ. [illegible - note to binder?] 6:30 velie.
Copy 3: 46.3 cm. The title-plates of this copy and Soane copy 3 of Disegni di vari altari ... (q.v.) have been transposed by the binder, both volumes having been rebound by Peter Low in September 1805 (see binding notes). Plates 9-10, 26-27, and 43-44 are bound as single plates. Bound (1) with Falda's Giardini di Roma (q.v., copy 2). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper Binding 0:14:6.
Copy 4: 47.8 cm. Imperfect; wanting pl. 72. Plates misbound as follows: 1--10, 68--71, 64--67, 59--63, 11--28, 31--33, 30, 29, 34--58. With 25 extraneous plates inserted depicting Roman churches and with captions in Italian, all but 6 with the imprint line of Domenico de' Rossi, including a series numbered 14--21, 50--51 designed and engraved by Alessandro Specchi. Front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil CL [or C4?].

Binding Copy 1: C17th full parchment, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Palazzi. Chiese. E. Altari Di Roma'.
Copy 2: C18th(?) vellum, gilt-tooled spine, red spine-label gilt lettered 'Insigni Romae Templi'.
Copy 3: C19th half russia, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-ruled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Rossi Altari. Di Roma' and 'Falda Gl' Giardini Di Roma'. Bound by Peter Low on 9 September 1805 for 14s. 6d. (Spiers Box).
Copy 4: C18th mottled sheep, gilt-tooled spine, red spine-label gilt-lettered 'Pros Temp Rome'.

Reference Number 3213


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