Auction 130, Lot 627

"Antiquae Urbis Romae Imago Accuratiss: ex Vetustus Monumentis, ex Vestigiis Videlicet Aedificior…", Anon.

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Graevius' Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum

Color: Black & White

23.3 x 19.3 inches
59.2 x 49 cm

This superb map of ancient Rome is copied from Pirro Ligorio's famous map of 1561. Ligorio, an architect, painter and antiquarian, attempted to re-create a full picture of ancient Rome during the reign of Caesar Augustus. In this very intricate work, an extraordinary number of structures are delineated in exquisite detail. Two architectural columns at sides list 269 of these structures and sites. Ligorio's map was the model for Braun & Hogenberg's two-sheet map of this same title.


Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened, with the binding trim at lower left neatly replaced with facsimile of the neatline to accommodate framing. There is a minor stain in the upper right corner and one fold repaired with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $850

Closed on 12/2/2009