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29 1/4 x 43 1/2 inches, Dissected folding map mounted on linen as originally issued; light toning, slight wear & staining to linen, else excellent.
Large, attractively engraved plan of Rome, flanked by 16 vignettes, each approximately 4 x 5 inches, of the city's most prominent ancient and modern structures. Included among the latter are the Pantheon of Agrippa, Trajan's Column, and the Colosseum; among the former are the basilicas of St. Peter, St. John, St. Paul, and of Santa Maria Maggiore, with both external and internal views of each. Tables list scores of the city's monuments and structures that are keyed to the plan. The plan was likely marketed to the well-educated and historically curious visiting the city on the Grand Tour.
Pietro Ruga was an engraver active in Rome during the first half of the 19th century, best known for his architectural subjects. He engraved a series of plans of Rome from 1812 and produced several updated versions into at least the 1820s. Venanzio Monaldini was a publisher, bookseller and stationer in Rome, Italy, during the 18th and 19th centuries. He published several guides of the city.
* Bénézit, Vol. 7, p. 421.