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BELLORI, Giovanni Pietro (1613--1696)
[Veteres arcus Augustorum triumphis insignes]
Veteres arcvs Avgvstorvm trivmphis insignes ex reliquiis quæ Romæ adhuc supersunt cvm imaginibvs trivmphalibvs restitvti antiqvus nvmmis notisqve Io: Petri Bellorii illvstrati nunc primùm per Io: Iacobvm de Rvbeis æneis typis vulgati.
Romæ: [Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi] Ad templum Sanctae Mariae de Pace, 1690.
2, 16-19 leaves, [46] pl. ([1], 3-15, 20-52; 24 double-p.) ; 47.5 cm. (2°)

Printer's imprint on colophon (leaf 19 verso): 'Ex Typographia Io: Francisci de Buagnis'. The work consists of six leaves of letterpress foliated [1] (title-leaf), 2, 16--19 to form a single sequence with the plates, which are numbered 1 (engraved portrait of Cardinal Ottoboni), 3--15, 20--52. Plates 3--7, 9--15, 20--23, 42--48 and 52 (24 in total) are double-page; plates 6 and 7 each bear the impressions of two plates. The plates, showing reconstructions of the arches or details of their relief sculptures, are largely a conflation of plates from Pietro Santi Bartoli's Admiranda Romanarum antiquitatum ac veteris sculpturae vestigia, 1693 (q.v.) and from J.M. Suares's Arcus L. Septimii Severi Aug. Anaglypha, 1676, with a few apparently new plates based on a sketch-book by one of the Sangallo family. BAL, Early printed books, no. 216.

Copy Notes A copy was bought by Soane on 11 May 1801 together with copies of Desgodets's Les edifices antiques de Rome, 1682 (q.v.) and Fontana's L'Anfiteatro Flavio, 1725 (q.v.) for £2 12s. 6d. as lot 100 at the Willey Reveley sale, Christie's, 11--12 May 1801 (q.v); another copy was bought by Soane at the Robert Adam sale, Christie's, 21 May 1818 (q.v.), lot 124 for £1 4s. (see also Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.12). Copy 1: Imperfect; wanting pl. 52. Earlier engraved bookplate obscured by Soane's die-sinker bookplate of [J-?] Morris.
Copy 2: 48.3 cm. Imperfect; wanting pl. 23. Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper C L.
Copy 3: 48.0 cm. Imperfect; wanting the title-page and leaf 2 of letterpress, and with leaf 17 misbound to follow leaf 19. Inscribed in pencil on front free pastedown No 56, over earlier(?) inscription in ink 51. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper o:pc:o. The plates numbered in pencil top right.
Copy 4: 51.0 cm. Imperfect; wanting plates 5--6, 9--13, 22, 24--27, 40--41, 46--47, 51. Front free-endpaper (detached) inscribed in ink Imperfect. many wanting.

Binding Copy 1: C18th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Veteres Arcus Triumphi'.
Copy 2: C18th sheep, sponged in trellis pattern, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label gilt-lettered 'Bell Vete Arcv Avgv'.
Copy 3: C18th quarter red sheep, Italian green and red block-printed decorated-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine without spine-label or lettering.
Copy 4: C18th quarter sheep, blue paper boards.

Reference Number 1672


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