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Descrizione Dei Circhi Particolarmente Di Quello Di Caracalla E Dei Giuochi In Essi Celebrati Opera Postuma Del Consigliere Gio. Lodovico Bianconi Ordinata E Publicata Con Note Dall' Avvocato Carlo Fea E Corredata Di Tauole In Rame E Della Versione Francese.

Giovanni Lodovico Bianconi

RA Collection: Book

Record number

04/3200

Author

Variant Title

Dei Giuochi Circensi

Imprint

In Roma: Nella Stamperia Pagliarini, MDCCLXXXIX. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

XXI, [1], CXXX, [2] p., XX pl. (7 fold.) : [5] illus.; 442 mm. (Folio.)

Contents

[T.p., dedic.] - Prefazione Dell' Avvocato Carlo Fea / Préface ... - [Text:]Dei Giuochi Circensi / Des Jeux Circenses - Descrizione Delle Tavole [I-XX] ... E Delle Altre Tavole, E Vignette [I-V]/ Description Des Planches ... - Indice Dei Capi ... / Table Des Chapitres ... - Indice ... secondo un' altra dispozione, che l'Autore voleva dare .../ Table ... suivant une autre disposition ... - Indice Degli Autori Citati - Indice Delle Materie / Table des matières - Imprimaturs; Approvazioni.

Responsibility Note

Twelve plates are signed as drawn by A. Uggeri (pl. 1-11, 18); one, as drawn by S. Legnani (pl. 17); the rest are unsigned by a draughtsman. Seven plates are signed as engraved by Vinc. Feoli; two, by G. Bossi; one, by Franc. Barbazza; the rest are unsigned by an engraver. Of the five in-text prints one is signed as drawn by G. Deléra and engraved by G. Bossi; one, as engraved by Cristoforo Silvestrini; one, as drawn by S. Legnani and engraved by G. Carattoni. The work is dedicated by Abate Angelo Uggeri Milanese to Pope Pius VI.

References

RIBA, Early printed, I (1994), no. 270, p.153-4. On Fea see R.T. Riley, The Pope's archaeologist: the life and times of Carlo Fea (2000).

Summary Note

The title page is in Italian, but the text is in Italian and French in parallel columns. The work describes the race-course on the Appian Way once believed to have been commissioned by Caracalla but now known to have been part of a villa/palace commissioned by Maxentius in 309 A.D. The plates show plans, elevations, sections, views, reconstructions and details of the race-course. Most are captioned [or are assigned titles in the text], as follows: I. Circo di Caracalla Pian Terreno; II. Piano Superiore; III. Veduta interna per il lungo; IV. Veduta interna per traverso; V. Prospetto della Porta Trionfale; VI. Pianta, ed Elevazione delle Carceri; VII. Spaccato, e Prospetto laterale della torre sinistra; VIII. Dettaglio de' gradi; IX. Dettaglio della Spina, e delle Mete; X. Pulvinare del lato destro; XI. Pulvinare incontro alle prime mete; XII. Prospetto ristaurato del Cortile; XIII. [Pianta Del Tempio Supposto Circense]; XIV. Prospetto del Tempio; XV. [Spaccato Di Esso Per Il Lungo]; XVI. Pittura esistente nella volta dell'androne del Circo; XVII. Pitture diverse, e frammento di un'ara; XVIII [Dettaglio Del Materiale Del Circo, E Delle Altre Parti]; XIX. Auriga Circense; XX. Cippo Sepolcrale. The five in-text illustrations show relief-sculptures relating to chariot-racing.

Provenance

13 August 1810: 'Mr Flaxman moved that the following work(s) be purchased for the use of the Library, viz. ... Bianconi's Circus of Caracalla ...' (RA Council Minutes IV, 236). First recorded in the RA Library in 1821 (see A Catalogue of the Library in the Royal Academy, London, 1821, p. 12).

Copy Note

Both the front and rear pastedowns carry a pasted-in, printed 'Avviso' of the booksellers, reading, 'Presso i librari Giulio Barluzzi a Pasquino, e Bouchard e Gravier al Corso ... Roma li 2. Luglio 1790.'

Binding Note

18th-century half calf, paper-covered boards; brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Bianc Circh Di Carac'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Architecture, Roman - Antiquities, Roman - Horse racetracks, Roman - Hippodromes (Greek sports buildings) - Arenas, Roman - Sports buildings, Roman - Stadiums, Roman - Chariot racing, Roman - Games, Roman - Sports, Roman - Italy - Rome - Circus of Maxentius - History - 4th century
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Views - Details - Reconstructions - 18th century
Pictorial works - 18th century

Contributors

Carlo Fea, editor
Angelo Uggeri Abbate, editor, draughtsman
Niccolo Pagliarini, printer.
Marco Pagliarini, printer.
Sante Legnani, draughtsman
Vincenzo Feoli, engraver
Giacomo Bossi, engraver
Francesco Barbazza, engraver
G. Deléra, draughtsman
Cristoforo Silvestrini, engraver
Girolamo Carattoni, engraver
Pius VI Pope, dedicatee
Giulio Barluzzi, bookseller
Niccolo e Marco Pagliarini (Rome), printer.
Bouchard et Gravier (Rome), bookseller