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Vetera Monumenta Quae In Hortis Caelimontanis Et In Aedibus Matthaeiorum Adservantur Nunc Primum In Unum Collecta Et Adnotationibus Illustrata A Rodulphino Venuti Et A Johanne Christophoro Amadutio Volumen I Statuas Comprehendens (- III )

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Vetera Monumenta Matthaeiorum


Romæ: MDCCLXXIX (MDCCLXXVI MDCCLXXVIII), Sumptibus Monaldini Bibliopolæ

Physical Description

3 vols.; 415 mm. (Folio).

General Note

Vol. I: [2], lxiv, 115, [1] p., t.-pl., engr. dedic., 106 pl. [pl. 104 bears impressions from 2 copperplates]. - Vol. II: v-viii, 109, [1] p., t.-pl., 90 pl. [33 pl. each bear impressions from 2 coppersplates]. - Vol. III: v-viii, 193, [1] p., t-pl., 74 pl. [17 pl. each bear impressions from 2 copperplates].


Vol.I: [T.-pl., engr. dedic.]; Approbationes; Imprimatur - Iohannis Christophori Amadutii Praefatio - Index Tabularum; Errata - [Text, with plates] - [Colophon]. - Vol.II: [T.-pl.] - Index Tabularum; Errata; Imprimatur - [Text, with plates] - [Colophon]. - Vol. III: [T.-pl.] - Index Tabularum; Errata; Imprimatur - [Text, with plates] - Index Inscriptionum - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The engraved title-plate of Volume I is signed as engraved by G.M. Cassini; those of Volumes II and III are signed as drawn by V. Brenna and engraved by Cassini. The engraved dedication in Volume I is signed as designed by G. Manochi and engraved by A. Gregori. Several plates and decorations carry the signature of the engraver - M. Sorello, G.M. Cassini, F. Mazzoni, F. Morghen, A. Giardoni, G.B. Natali, F. Aquila, F. Nesi (?), N. Orazi, C. Baroni, N. Mogalli, M. Carloni, Tinti, Marianna Tomatis and G. Giordano.

The colophons give the name of the printer, 'In Typographio Zempeliano'. The first volume gives the publisher's name as Monaldini, simply; the second and third, as 'Venantii Monaldini'.

In Volume I the publication is dedicated by G.A. Monaldini to Stanislaus Augustus, King of Poland.


F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the antique: the lure of classical sculpture 1500-1900 (1982).

Summary Note

Although the dates MDCCLXXIX, MDCCLXXVI and MDCCLXXVIII appear on the title-plates, the colophons give the dates MDCCLXXII, MDCCLXXV and MDCCLXXIX.

The first volume reproduces statues; the second, busts, herms, shields and bas-reliefs; the third, bas-reliefs, sarcophagi and inscriptions.


Purchased from Francesco Sastres for £3 3s. on 19 April 1788 (see his invoice made out to Sir William Chambers 'for books sent to Mr. Wilton for the Royal Academy').

Binding Note

18th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; bound for the Royal Academy by John Miller (see his bill for £1 2s. 6d. dated 13 July 1788); rebacked in 1996 by J.A. Cassels, retaining much of the original spine and red and green morocco spine-labels lettered 'Vetera Monumenta Matthæiani Vol. I (-III) R.A.'

Name as Subject


Antiquities, Greek - Antiquities, Roman - Sculpture, Greek - Sculpture, Roman - Statues - Busts - Bas-reliefs, Greek - Bas-reliefs, Roman - Epitaphs - Italy - Rome - History
Collections - Italy - Rome - Villa Celimontana (Rome) - Palazzo Mattei di Giove (Rome) - 18th century
Catalogues - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century