Item #2978 Las Cosas Maravillosas de la Santa Ciudad de Roma, en donde de trata delas Yglesias, Estaciones, Reliquias, y Cuerpos Santos, que ay en ella, y diversos casamientos de pobres Donzellas, que se hazen. Juan Baptista VACCONDIO.
Las Cosas Maravillosas de la Santa Ciudad de Roma, en donde de trata delas Yglesias, Estaciones, Reliquias, y Cuerpos Santos, que ay en ella, y diversos casamientos de pobres Donzellas, que se hazen.
Las Cosas Maravillosas de la Santa Ciudad de Roma, en donde de trata delas Yglesias, Estaciones, Reliquias, y Cuerpos Santos, que ay en ella, y diversos casamientos de pobres Donzellas, que se hazen.
Las Cosas Maravillosas de la Santa Ciudad de Roma, en donde de trata delas Yglesias, Estaciones, Reliquias, y Cuerpos Santos, que ay en ella, y diversos casamientos de pobres Donzellas, que se hazen.
VERY RARE SPANISH GUIDE TO ROME
ABUNDANTLY ILLUSTRATED WITH NEW WOODCUTS
Rome, Roque Bernabo, 1711.

Las Cosas Maravillosas de la Santa Ciudad de Roma, en donde de trata delas Yglesias, Estaciones, Reliquias, y Cuerpos Santos, que ay en ella, y diversos casamientos de pobres Donzellas, que se hazen.

8vo (16.4 x 10.3 cm). 224 pp., including 76 quarter- to half-page woodcuts in text; 1 double-page woodcut, and 1 double-page engraving of Bernini's colonnade. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, title stenciled neatly on spine. Some toning and even, light browning on scattered leaves, and pale waterstain on some others; mended tear at p. 127. A fresh copy, very good.

Rare edition (first 1700) of this guide to Rome for Spanish-speaking pilgrims and travelers, one of many such guides regularly updated to include the building programs of successive popes, and all ultimately deriving from the first illustrated edition of Girolamo Francini's (Franzini) Le Cose Maravigliose dell'alma Città di Roma (1588). The present work is a partial translation and paraphrase of that work. The woodcuts are rustic copies of those appearing in the descendants of Francini, with additions—although the engraving of Bernini’s colonnade, with the anachronistic tripylon that was planned but never built, appears to be an innovation of the 1711 edition. In addition to describing the traditional churches to be visited by a pilgrim in the canonical sequence, there is a paraphrase of Palladio’s work on roman antiquities, a chronological list of all Popes from Peter to Clement (Albani) XI, a similar list of emperors and kings, and a description of the seven wonders of the world etc. Not all of the contents are geared to the pilgrim: there is a short chapter (pp. 213-16) on local Roman wines that any tourist would appreciate.

Rossetti lists earlier editions from the same publisher in 1710 and a different publisher in 1700, making this edition the third. Vaccondio, an Italian, is definitely the compiler, though whether he was also the translator is uncertain. 

Very rare: OCLC lists Columbia and Otago for this edition; no U.S. copies of the 1700 and 1710 edition, but a copy of the 1720 edition is at the Getty. We were unable to locate any copies of the early Spanish editions of 1700, 1710, and 1711 in any Spanish institution.


* Rossetti G-1065; Schudt 169: Palau, volume 24, does not list the first edition of 1700; but a copy of the 1710 edition #346665 and a copy of the 1711 edition -# 346666 – in the collection of Menendez Pidal.

Price: $2,650.00

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