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Splendor Magnificentissimae Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimus; E Figuris elegantissimis, & accurata Descriptione emicans; In Duas Partes Distributus: Quarum Prior, Templa inclytæ Urbis magnifica, Collegia, Monumenta, Mausolea, Epitaphia, Inscriptiones, Statuas, Picturas, Sculpturas, ac reliqua ibidem memoria digna continet: Posterior, Regimen Serenissimæ Reipublicæ Venetæ, Magistratus, Dignitates, Ædificia Publica atque Privata, Pompas, Festa, Spectacula, & Sumptuosissima quaeque recenset. Opus Collectum atque editum ex Scriptoribus optimis atque luculentis.

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Variant Title

Splendoris Magnificentissimæ Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimi ... Pars Posterior


Lugduni Batavorum,: Sumptibus Petri Vander Aa; Bibliopolæ, Academiæ atque Civitatis Typographi., [ca. 1720?]


Vol. I: [Half-title, t.p.] - Præfatio Typographi Ad Lectorem - Operis Huius Ordo Atque Divisio - Explicatio Numerorum huius Tabulæ Ichnographicæ Urbis Venetiarum / Dichiaratione De' Numeri posti nella Pianta Iconografica - [Text] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Index Nominum, Rerum Ac Verborum; Emendanda - Admonitio Ad Bibliopegum / Avis Au Relieur / Berigt Aen Den Boeckbinder - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed.

Plates [1], [2] of Volume I carry the imprint of Petrus Vander Aa.


P.G. Hoftijzer, Pieter van der Aa (1999).

On Venetian vedutisti in the eighteenth century see The glory of Venice [R.A. exhibition catalogue] (1994); D. Succi, ed., Da Carlevaris ai Tiepolo: incisori veneti e friulani del Settecento [exhibition catalogue] (1983); Vedutisti veneziani del settecento [exhibition catalogue] (1967); M. Pittaluga, Acquafortisti veneziani del settecento (1953).

Summary Note

The title varies slightly in Volume II: 'Splendoris Magnificentissimæ Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimi ... Pars Posterior ...'.

The plates show: (Volume I) a map of Venice, two aerial views of the city, and thirty-six views of palaces; (Volume II) churches, public buildings and public ceremonies - all identified by captions in Latin, Italian and French. The sequence reaches its climax with a show of fireworks and a public display of fisticuffs, and ends with a quiet view of the campo di S. Stefano.

This set of views takes its place in a tradition of Venetian vedute. The publisher acknowledges in his preface his debt to the 'authenticas tabulas P. Coronelli, Carlevari, Louisae'. Carlevaris was one of the first to take up the work of such view-painters as J. Heintz, G. Richter and Vanvitelli, and established a tradition which flowered in the work of Canaletto, Marieschi, Bellotto and Guardi. British and other visitors responded with enthusiasm.


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century speckled calf; rebacked in 20th century, gilt-decorated spine, black and red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Splendo Urbis Venetia (e) Tom. I. (II.)'.


Architecture - Palaces - Churches - Public buildings - Italy - Venice - History
Ceremonies - Celebrations - Italy - Venice - History - 18th century
Maps - Views - Vedute - Netherlands - 18th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 18th century


Pieter van der Aa, publisher, bookseller, intaglio printer

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