Publisher: (Venetia: Per Michele Tramezzino, 1552.),
Edition: Second edition, revised and expanded; the first edition was published in 1548.
Bibliographical References: British Library STC, page 244; cf. Adams, Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600, F172-74.
Condition: Some minor soiling and foxing; a few marginal repairs; earlier portions of the vellum well worn, but sound; a good copy.
Book ID: 28647
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary vellum rebacked with vellum of a later date, manuscript title on the spine. Woodcut printer's device with an image of the prophetesses Sybill on the title-page and colophon; five historiated woodcut initials.
Comments¶ The expanded second edition of a guide to the antiquities of ancient Rome by Italian antiquary and translator Lucio Fauno (d. circa 1552). Fauno borrowed from the earlier works of Renaissance historian Flavio Biondo, with which he was intimately familiar as a translator of his books from Latin into Italian. In five books, Fauno outlines a guide to the city gates, roads, ancient monuments, buildings and their interwoven historical narratives in a compact guidebook form. Delle Antichita was popular and went through a number of editions. This copy has an interesting contemporary four-line verse inscription below the printer's device on z6v; and two ink signatures of Matteo Greco, one dated 1554. Later ink doodles on the verso of the front free endpaper.