Hortus Romanus Juxta Systema Tournefortianum Paulo Strictius Distributus A Georgio Bonelli Monregalensi In Subalpinis, Publico Medicinae Professore: Specierum Nomina Suppeditante, Praestantiorum, Quas Ipse Selegit, Adumbrationem Dirigente Liberato Sabbati Maevaniensi In Umbria Chirurgicae Professore, Et Horti Custode; Adjectis Unicuique Volumini Rariorum Plantarum Tabulis C. Aere Incisis. Tom. I. (- Tom. VII.)

Giorgio Bonelli

RA Collection: Book

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Romae: MDCCLXXII. (-MDCCLXXXIV.), Sumptibus Bouchard Et Gravier. Ex Typographia Pauli Junchi. Superiorum Permissu.

Physical Description

7 vols.; 548 mm. (Broadsheet folio.)

General Note

Vol. I: [8], viii, 30 p., port., [1] (dble., fold.), 100 pl. - Vol. II: [6], vi, 22 p., port., 100 pl. - Vol. III: [4], iv, 18 p., port., 100 pl. - Vol. IV: [6], 22 p., port., 100 pl. - Vol. V:[6], 20 p., 100 pl. - Vol. VI: [6], 18 p., port., 100 pl. - Vol. VII: [4], 18 p., 100 pl.


Vol. I: [Half-title, t.-p., port., dedic.] - Rei Herbariæ Studiosis Georgius Bonelli - [Pl. [1]] - Horti Romani Brevis Historia - Approbationes; Imprimatur - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Impressionis Errata - Index Auctorum; Index Generum Plantarum; Index Tabularum - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.-p., port., dedic.] - Prolegomenon - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Index Tabularum - Index, Et explicatio notarum, quibus Auctorum Opera in hoc Volumine designantur - [Approbationes]; Imprimatur - [Plates]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.-p., port., dedic.] - Monitum - Index Tabularum - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Approbationes; Imprimatur - [Plates]. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., t.-p., port., dedic.] - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Approbationes; Index Generum - [Plates]. - Vol. V: [Half-t., t.-p.] - Monitum - Index Generum - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Approbationes; Imprimatur - [Plates]. - Vol. VI: [Half-t., t.-p., port., dedic.] - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Index Generum - Approbatio; Imprimatur - [Plates]. - Vol. VII: [Half-t., t.-p.] - Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Romani - Index Generum; Monitum; Imprimatur - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most of the numbered plates are unsigned, but a few are signed as engraved by Magdalena Bouchard (Vol. I: 2, 5, 9, 19, 28, 34, 44, 67, 69, 84, 90; Vol. II: 15, 62). Each volume has a dedication and a portrait of the dedicatee, apart from Volumes V and VII. The portraits in Volumes I and III are unsigned; that in Volume II is signed as engraved by Ignazio Benedetti; that in Volume IV, as engraved by Ant. Fiori; that in Volume VI, as drawn by Marc. de Antoniis and engraved by Ang. Campanella . In Volume I the unnumbered, double, folding plate is signed as engraved by Andrea de Rossi.

The first volume is dedicated by the publishers, Joannes Bouchard et Joannes Josephus Gravier, to Pope Clement XIV; the second, to Cardinal Bernis; the third, to Cardinal Zelada; the fourth, to Cardinal Giraud. The sixth volume is dedicated - by the author, Nicolaus Martelli - to Cardinal Boncompagni.


K. Nissen, Die botanische Buchillustration, 2 v. & suppl. (1951-1966).

Summary Note

The title-pages of Volumes II-VII state that they are by 'Nicolao Martellio'; those of Volumes VI-VII substitute the name Constantinus Sabbati for Liberatus Sabbati. The volumes were published in 1772, 1774, 1775, 1776, 1778, 1780, and 1784. A final volume (vol. VIII) appeared in 1793.

The unnumbered double plate in Volume I shows a garden behind the fountain erected by Paul V in Trastevere (the Acqua Paola or Fontanone). The plates are captioned in Latin, usually with Italian and French names added. The numbered plates and title page vignettes are coloured by hand. The unnumbered, double, folded plate of Volume I is printed in green.


A microfilm of this work was made by the British Library in 1988 (Neg. PB.Mic.C.8570).


Purchased from Francesco Sastres for £22 1s. on 19 April 1788 (see his invoice made out to Sir William Chambers 'for books sent to Mr. Wilton for the Royal Academy'). Vol. VIII, which did not appear until 1793, was never acquired for the RA Library.

Copy Note

Binding Note

18th-century half vellum, paper-covered boards; spine lettered 'Hortus Romanus Tom. I (-VII)'.


Botany - Plants (vegetation)
Treatises - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Hand coloring - Italy - 18th century


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