1639 Roma, Vetus Ac Recens (Old and New) - Alessandro Donati. Fold-outs, etchings illustrating. Topographical and architectural.


A delightful study of Rome's topographical and architectural antiquities, printed in 1639, with a number of etchings and foldouts for illustration. This is the first state, although printing began in 1638.

Signed by a noted antiquarian of the 19th century (title page), John Yonge Akerman.

Somewhat rare, Worldcat shows only eight copies in the world's libraries.

About the Author

A Jesuit prefect of the School of Humanities at the Collegio Romanio.
Provenance of the Book and Binding

Several ex libris marks of Carolinian schools, one in Rome and one in the U.S.. I believe Akerman may have simply applied his name to the title page, and never was an owner. The Carolinian Seminary in the U.S. just recently purged many of their antiquarian books so I would guess the Carolinian's in Rome passed the book to the U.S. counterpart and its only recently been available for public purchase.

Physical Attributes

Measures 24 x 17.5 x 3.25 cm. Vellum spine and corners (1/4) with marbled paper covered boards. Marbled endpapers and all edges marbled.

Pages (complete, none missing) - 2 leaves blank unpaginated, 6 leaves (frontis, title, etc.), 404 pages (numbered both sides), index of ix pages, errata of i page.

One frontis illustration. 7 etchings (several full-page), and 3 foldout illustrations. Printer's device of a bee on title page.

Condition of the Book -

See pictures. Shelf wear with marbled paper and vellum wearing at board edges. Rubbing to boards and some soiling. Ex library, with associated marks inside and on spine. Two cracks on spine. Spine label is missing. Call number sticker on pastedown. Ex libris of a Carolinian Rome College on blank endpaper. Some toning and soiling throughout but it is not excessive. Title page has a pencil call number, inscription of J.Y. Akerman, and stamp of U.S. Carolinian Seminary and small loss at bottom right; none of this affects text. Stamp and pencil call number on page following the title page. Some foxing on foldout at 48-49. Cancel (paste over) of details printed erroneously on p. 97. 3" tear at p. 119. Several small edge tears. Red pencil note on page 264. Pencil numbers on recto of rear endpaper. Bottom edge tear of foldout at page 108.

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