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Les Édifices Antiques De Rome Mesurés Et Dessinés Tres-Exactement Sur Les Lieux Par Feu M· Desgodetz Architecte Du Roi - Gli Edifizj Antichi Di Roma Misurati E Disegnati Esattissimamente Sui Luoghi Dal Fu M· Desgodetz Architetto Del Re Traduzione Con Note E Il Testo Originale A Lato -

Antoine Babuty Desgodets

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Edifices Antiques De Rome., Italian and French., 1822.]

Variant Title

Edifizi Antichi Di Roma Misurati


Roma: MDCCCXXII -, Presso Vincenzo Poggioli Stampatore Camerale Con Permesso De' Superiori.

Physical Description

xii, 116 p., 137 pl. (some dble.); 420 mm. (Folio).

General Note

The plates are numbered continuously in 'Arabic' numerals, and also in separate sequences of Roman numerals, one sequence for each of the buildings shown. Plate 11 carries the Roman numeral XVII, while plate 17 carries the Roman numeral XI.


[T.p.] - Agli Amatori Delle Belle Antiche Fabbriche Romane L'Avvocato Carlo Fea Commissario Delle Antichità; Imprimatur - [Dedic. by Desgodetz] - Avis Sur Cette Nouvelle Édition, A Paris M.DCC.LXXIX - Prefazione Di M. Desgodetz / Préface ... ; Nota; Indice De Capitoli ... - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

R.T. Ridley states that the translation was by Stefano Piale.

All plates are signed as drawn by A. Desgodetz and engraved by V(inc). Feoli.

This edition reprints Desgodetz's dedication to Colbert.


W. Herrmann, 'Antoine Desgodets and the Académie Royale d'Architecture', in Art bulletin, 40:1 (1958 March), p. 23-53.

On Carlo Fea see R.T. Ridley, The Pope's archaeologist: the life and times of Carlo Fea (2000).

Summary Note

The work had first been published in French only in Paris in 1682, and had soon been accepted as the most accurate account of the ancient buildings of Rome.

An English translation, The ancient buildings of Rome, had been published in 1795.

According to Ridley, 525 copies of this Italian edition were printed.


The front pastedown carries the 19th-century armorial bookplate of George John Vulliamy, and the 19th-century bookplate of George Aitchison, A.R.A.(on which the date 1887 has been inscribed in ink). It is also inscribed in ink 'George Aitchison 16 March 1887'. Bequeathed from the library of Sir Edwin Cooper, 1961.

Copy Note

Imperfect. The text calls for 25 chapters, but the Academy's copy has only five (pp. 1-40, pl. 1-37), describing the Pantheon and the temples of Bacchus, Faunus and Vesta in Rome and that of Vesta at Tivoli.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, black cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Édifices Antiques De Rome', spine lettered 'Desgodetz.' and 'Rome 1822'.


Architecture, Roman - Temples - Triumphal arches - Monuments - Amphitheatres - Baths - Public buildings - Italy - Rome - History
Art history - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 19th century


Jean Baptiste Colbert, dedicatee
Antoine Babuty Desgodets, draughtsman
Vincenzo Feoli, engraver
Carlo Fea
Vincenzo Poggioli, printer
George John Vulliamy, previous owner
George Aitchison RA, previous owner
Sir Edwin Cooper RA, previous owner, donor
Stefano Piale, translator