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Le Terme Dei Romani Disegnate Da Andrea Palladio E Rippublicate Con La Giunta Di Alcune Osservationi Da Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi Giusta L'Esemplare Del Lord Co. Di Burlingthon Impresso In Londra L'Anno 1732.

Andrea Palladio

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Fabbriche Antiche Disegnate Da Andrea Palladio Vicentino E Date In Luce Da Ricardo Conte Di Burlington


In Vicenza: MDCCLXXXV., Per Francesco Modena Con licenza de' Superiori, e Privilegio.

Physical Description

32 p., add. engr. t.-pl. (incl. port.), 25 pl. (17 dble.); 487 mm. (Folio).


[Add. t.pl., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The added engraved title-plate incorporating a portrait of Palladio does not name the source-artist; it is signed as engraved by Gaetano Testolini. All plates are signed as drawn by C. Barrera; several, as engraved by Testolini.

The publication is dedicated by the editor, Bertotti Scamozzi, to Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani - in acknowledgment of the loan of his copy of Burlington's book ('rarissima edizione').


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), 72; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2380 (French text); Johns Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961), no. 234, p.194-5; 'La raccolta palladiana e collaterale di Guglielmo Cappelletti ... catalogo ... cura di Giorgio E. Ferrari', in Bollettino del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio (1976-87), 184-185. L. La Follette, 'A contribution of Andrea Palladio to the study of Roman thermae', in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 52 (1993), p. 189-98.

A more recent study of the impact of Roman baths was H. Günther, Insana aedificia thermarum nomina extructa: die Diokletiansthermen in der Sicht der Renaissance (1994).

Summary Note

A title variant appears on the added engraved title-plate: 'Fabbriche Antiche Disegnate Da Andrea Palladio Vicentino E Date In Luce Da Ricardo Conte Di Burlington'. This work was published the same year in French (Les thermes des Romains) and in a French-Italian bilingual edition.

The text describes the larger public baths constructed at Rome between the first and fourth centuries - the baths of Agrippa, Nero, 'Vespasian' [i.e. those of Titus], 'Titus' [i.e. those of Trajan], Caracalla, Diocletian and Constantine, and 'Alcuni Altri Disegni Appartenenti Alle Terme'.

The plates show plans, elevations, sections and details of orders. They are based on those in the Fabbriche Antiche Disegnate da Andrea Palladio, published by Lord Burlington (dated 1730 but probably published between 1736 and 1740), which in turn were based on Palladio's drawings. Not included in Burlington's edition but published here is the plan of the Baths of Agrippa, which is based on a drawing by Tommaso Temanza.


Purchased (with a copy of the 1786 edition of Bertotti Scamozzi's Le fabbriche e i disegni di Andrea Palladio from Francesco Sastres for £5 5s. on 19 April 1788 (see Sastres' invoice of that date 'for books sent to Mr. Wilton for the Royal Academy').

Binding Note

Contemporary mottled calf; bound with Bertotti Scamozzi's Le Fabbriche e i disegni di Andrea Palladio (2nd. ed. 1786). for the Royal Academy by John Miller in 1788 (see his bill for £2 4s. dated 13 July 1788); rebacked in 1996, retaining red and green morocco spine-labels, lettered 'Palladio Tom III & IV' and with 'R.A.' gilt-stamped on spine.


Baths, Roman - Public buildings - Architecture, Roman - Italy - Rome - History
Art history - Plans - Elevations - Sections - Reconstructions - Italy - 16th century - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani, dedicatee
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, 1694-1753
Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi, 1719-1790
Carlo Barrera, 1761?-1837, draughtsman
Francesco Modena, fl. 1771-1786, publisher
Tommaso Temanza, 1705-1789, draughtsman