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Architettura Della Basilica Di S. Pietro In Vaticano Opera di Bramante Lazzari, Michel'Angelo Bonarota, Carlo Maderni, e altri famosi Architetti Da Monsignore Gio. Battista Costaguti Seniore Maggiordomo Di Paolo V Fatta esprimere, e intagliare in piu tavole da Martino Ferrabosco, e posta in luce l'anno M.DC.XX. Di nuovo data alle Stampe Da Monsignore Gio. Battista Costaguti Iuniore Decano Della Camera Nell'Anno M.DC.LXXXIV.

Giovanni Battista Costaguti junior

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Libro de l'architettura di San Pietro nel Vaticano [engr. t.-pl. title 1620]


In Roma:: Nella Stamperia della Reverenda Camera Apostolica,, M.DC.LXXXIV. Con Licenza de' Superiori.

Physical Description

[viii], xxxv, [1]p., add. engr. t.-pl., 30, [1] pl. (all dble. except nos. XVII, XXI, XXVIII and the last, unnumbered plate); 480 mm. (Folio).

General Note

In some copies the added engraved title plate is dated 1684; others have one dated 1620 (i.e. one made for the intended 1620 edition). Plate XIV is unnumbered. The last plate (showing the tomb of Paul III), though unnumbered, is described in the preceding note to plate XXX. In some copies plate XXX is bound in as two full-page plates instead of one double-page plate.


[Add. engr. t.-pl., t.p., dedic.] - Imprimatur - Al Lettore - Dichiarazione - Tavola I[-XXX: notes on plates] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Plate II is signed as designed and drawn by Martinus ferabosco. The others are unsigned.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 4 (2000), 32, and 3 (1998), 106; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1053; Guide di Roma, ed. Schudt (1930/R1971), 1015.

Summary Note

The work is a pictorial account of the new St Peter's up to 1620, preceded by a brief history (Dichiarazione), drawing on earlier authorities such as Alfarano, Grimaldi and Gioanfattori, and by notes on the plates.

The plates include plans of the old Constantinian basilica, plans, elevations and sections of the new basilica (one shows the old and new plans superimposed), details of the new church's exterior and interior, and projects designed by Ferrabosco.

The work was intended for publication in 1620 - and some sets of the plates for that edition survive. It was originally dedicated to Pope Paul V, but the dedication on the new 1684 title plate is to Pope Innocent XI.


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Copy Note

This copy has the 1620 added title-plate, and plate XXX bound in as two full-page plates.

Binding Note

Nineteenth-century half calf, with marbled-paper boards; gilt-tooled spine, with black morocco spine-label lettered 'Michelangelo architett: di S. Pietro'.

Name as Subject


Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano - Architecture, Italian - Churches - Plans - Italy - Rome - Vatican City - History - 16th century - 17th century - Renaissance - Baroque
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Italy - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century


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