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Rime, E Versi Latini Di Gratiamaria Gratii, Sopra Il Ratto Delle Sabine. Scolpito in marmo dall'Eccellente Giambologna. [Device]

Grazia Maria Grazi

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Fiorenza: MDLXXXIIII., Appresso Giorgio Marescotti. Con permissione de' Superiori.

Physical Description

12 p.; 196 mm.


[T.p., dedic.] - Di Gratiamaria Gratii [Italian verses] - Gratiaemariae Gratii [Latin verses].

Responsibility Note

The publication is dedicated by Giorgio Marescotti to M. Agnolo Di Bernardo Strozzi.

Summary Note

The text consists of Italian and Latin verses in praise of Giambologna's three-figure statue of the Rape of a Sabine; which he made in 1581 and 1582 for the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. (Giambologna's wax models for this composition are preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.) The legend of the abduction of Sabine women by the Romans in order to populate their own state is told by Livy and by Plutarch. The subject was been treated by Poussin, Rubens, David, Picasso and others.

The booklet is decorated with headpieces, tailpieces, decorated initials and a title-page vignette (printer's device).


The front pastedown carries the (19th-century?) bookplate of Luigi Fortunato Pieri; and is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century marbled-papered boards; green morocco spine-label lettered 'Composizioni In Lode Della Sabina Firenze 1583'. Bound with one other.

Name as Subject


Romans - Sabines - Abduction - Italy - History
Sculpture - Statues - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - 16th century
Art criticism - Italian poetry - Italy - 16th century


Giorgio Marescotti, publisher
Luigi Fortunato Pieri, previous owner