1612 G. Laurus - SCARCE 1st ISSUE - Mons Ianiculus, Rome, Italy - copper engraving
Mons Ianiculus is second tallest of the Hills of Rome, but is not technically one of the seven hills, as it lies outside of the boundaries of the ancient city. Janiculus refers to the cult of the god, Janus. One of the landmarks noted on the image is the Mammea Sacellum or shrine of Mammea. This may be the mother of Alexander Severus.
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.