1612 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE - The Mausoleum of Augustus - Architecture - copper engraving
The Mausoleum of Augustus. The Mausoleum of Augustus is a large circular tomb built by the Roman Emperor Augustus in 28 BC on the Campus Martius, surrounded by a park and ustrinum (place of the pyre). It is located on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore, near the corner with Via di Ripetta as it runs along the Tiber. It was one of the first building projects taken on by Augustus after the Battle of Actium in 31 BC. The Mausoleum contained the remains of a number of family members. The tomb, the biggest seen in Rome at the time, was influenced by that of Alexander the Great in Egypt.
Lauro, Giacomo ( Jacobus Laurus )
Antiquae Urbis Splendor, Hoc Est Praecipua Eiusdem Templa Amphitheatra Theatra Circi Naumachiae Arcus Triumphales Mausolea .
Romae, Apresso Vitale Mascardi, Roma, 1612-1622.
FROM THE VERY SCARCE FIRST ISSUE ISSUED IN PARTS UNTIL 1622. CORRESPONDINGLY THE ENGRAVING ARE PARTICULARLY CRISP AND WELL DEFINED. In this, and only this, issue there is not text to the verso of the engravings
FINE ENGRAVING from one of the most influential and beautiful works on the monuments and antiquities of ancient Rome. The Antiquae urbis splendor, ('The Splendor of the Ancient City') served as an important reference book and source of inspiration for many writers and artists. Giacomo Lauro was a roman printmaker active from 1583 to about 1650. Leaf: 30 x 22 cm
RARE EDITION WITH TEXT TO VERSO
Minor age toning to margins. Excellent impression.