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Roma Descritta Ed Illustrata Dall'Abate Giuseppe Antonio Guattani Romano In Questa Seconda Edizione Corretta Ed Accresciuta Tomo I. (II.) [Epigraph]

Giuseppe Antonio Guattani

RA Collection: Book

Record number




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

Physical Description

2 vols.; 255 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: [4], 122, [2] p., frontis., fold. map, 26 [i.e. 27] pl. (many fold.) (Bis pl. 25.) - Vol. II: [4], 150, [2] p., pl. 1-4 [= 27-30], *, 31-55 (many fold.) (In the Royal Academy's copy the plates appear in the order: 1-4, *, 31, 33, 32, 34-44, 48, 46, 47, 52, 51, 49, 50, 53-55.)


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p.] - Indice De' Capi Del Tomo I. - Al Cortese Lettore Idea E Vantaggi Dell'Opera - [Fold. map] - [Text and plates] - Imprimatur. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Indice De' Capi Del Tomo II - [Text and plates] - Indice Delle Cose Notabili - Imprimatur.

Responsibility Note

In Volume I the frontispiece is signed as made by Rastaini. Most plates are unsigned, but a few are signed as engraved by F. R[astaini], Silvestrini, Benede. Mori or Aless. Muchetti. In Volume II no plate is signed, apart from pl. 44, which is signed as made by Piranesi. Several plates in both volumes appear to have had signatures erased.


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1392, p. 745.

Summary Note

In Volume I the frontispiece shows 'Roma Antica Baso. rilievo nella Villa Albani'; the folding map is a 'Pianta Dimostrativa Di Roma Antica'. Most plates in both volumes show plans, elevations, sections and views of ancient Roman buildings (often with scale-bars); some in Volume II show ancient statues and bas-reliefs.

The first edition had been published in 1795 at Bologna, under the title, Roma antica.

Binding Note

19th-century white vellum; spines lettered 'Guatt Roma Illust To. 1. (2.)'.


Architecture, Roman - Italy - Lazio - Rome - History
Art history - Italy - 19th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 19th century