FALDA, Giovanni Battista (1648-1678) and Francesco VENTURINI. Le Fontane di Roma [...delle ville di Frascati;...ne palazzi e ne giardini di Roma;...del giardino Estense in Tivoli]... Libro primo [...parte seconda; ...terza; ...quarta]. Rome: Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi, [n.d. ca. 1690?].
Oblong 2° (267 x 400mm). Engraved throughout. 4 titles, 4 dedications and 99 plates (3 folding), 50 by Falda, 48 by Giovanni Francesco Venturini, and one by Louis Rouhier. (Wormhole to inner blank margins of text leaves to plate 17 in part II, plate 8 in part IV shaved with slight loss. ) Contemporary mottled sheep (rebacked, and partially repaired).
One of the greatest works on the fountains of Rome and its environs. Collations of the various issues of this work vary enormously ("all copies examined vary in numbering and arrangement of plates": Fowler), the present copy has the title and dedication plates included in the numbering, which runs as follows. Part I: 1-33; part II: 1-18; part III: 1-28; part IV: 1-28. This arrangement would seem to just precede that of the Berlin Kat. copy which is dated 1691, and appears to have the maximum number of plates issued in 17th-century editions. Cf. Berlin Kat. 3603-4; cf. Cicognara 3863; cf. Fowler 117.