14 November 2007
OVERBEEK, Bonaventura van (1660-1706). Reliquae antiquae urbis Romae. Amsterdam: J. Crellius, 1708.
3 volumes in one, 2° (510 x 390mm). Three engraved frontispieces, title-pages printed in red and black with engraved vignettes, engraved vignettes and culs-de-lamps, engraved double-page plan of ancient Rome, 146 engraved plates. (Occasional light browning and staining.) Contemporary brown calf blind tooled and gilt (slightly rubbed, some neat repairs). Provenance: F.F.F. (stamp).
FIRST EDITION of this celebrated collection of Roman views dedicated to Queen Anne. Between the end of the 17th- and beginning of the 18th-century Overbeke drew a large number of Rome's ancient buildings, bridges and monuments which he later translated into engravings. At his death in 1706 the work remained unfinished and it was his nephew Michael who completed and published the book in 1708 in Amsterdam. Among the handsome plates there is a remarkable set of 22 views of the Colosseum. Brunet: IV, 264: 'Ouvrage estimé pour l'exactitude des dessins'; Cicognara 3806. (3)
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