BLAEU, Johannes (1596-1673). Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1663.
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BLAEU, Johannes (1596-1673). Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1663.

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BLAEU, Johannes (1596-1673). Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1663.

2 volumes, 2° (545 x 350 mm). Latin text, mounted on guards throughout, general title-pages, engraved additional titles, 117 engraved plates of views, plans and monuments, (including 76 double-page plates, 7 folding plates, 28 single-page plates and other illustrations in text, volume two, plate (18), “Obeliscus Vaticanus,” p. 262 verso apparently omitted from all copies, see Koeman) plate 11 Bononia complete with the folding extension. (Some mostly marginal browning and staining, some browning to a few plates especially in volume two, a few short tears, volume one with map of Rom trimmed at upper and lower margins.) Contemporary publisher’s Dutch vellum gilt, gilt edges (covers slightly bowing, some darkening, first volume with upper half of spine panel split, exposing binding structure, lacking ties). Provenance: Sir Thomas Baring (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION of Blaeu's first "Town Book of Italy.” The first volume includes views of Rome, Bologna, Cesena, Fabriano, Ferrara, Frascati, Gubbio, Imola, Perugia, Pesaro, San Marino, Spoleto, Tivoli, Urbino, and others. The second volume is devoted to Ancient Rome, with views of circuses, theaters and amphitheaters. A large portion of the second volume dealing with Egyptian obelisks is based on the works of Athanasius Kircher. The final third volume relating to Naples and Sicily was issued in a preliminary edition only, see below. Koeman BL 72 and 73.

BLAEU, Johannes (1596 - 1673). Partis primæ sectio secunda, quæ Regnorum Neapolis et Siciliæ civitates necnon admiranda exhibet. Amsterdam: [1663].

2° (550 x 350 mm). Latin text, mounted on guards throughout, 33 engraved plates of views, plans and monuments, (23 double-page, 2 folding and 8 single-page). (Some mostly marginal browning and staining, a few short tears, Cc2 browned). Contemporary publisher’s Dutch vellum gilt, gilt edges (covers bowing, some darkening, lacking ties). Provenance: Sir Thomas Baring (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION of the townbook of Naples and Sicily. The third volume of Blaeu's "Town Book of Italy," includes views of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Messina, Palermo, Syracuse and others. Curiously Koeman lists each of the three parts of the 1663 Italian townbooks as separate entries, as if they were issued separately. For part I (Italy) Koeman records 14 copies; for part II (Ancient Rome) 15 copies, but for part III only 2 copies, one in the University Library Amsterdam, another in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Many of the copies of Parts I and II appear to have survived as two part sets, suggesting that initially Blaeu issued the first two parts together, later in the same year adding the third part. The title of this copy is a variant of Koeman's Theatrum civitatum nec non admirandorum Neapolis et Siciliae Regnorum, the following pages are as described by Koeman Bl 74.

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