The Finest 18th-Century Plan of Rome.
A handsome example of Giovanni Battista Nolli's 12-sheet plan of Rome, with the often-missing 4-sheet key.
This wonderful Baroque plan of the Eternal City has often been compared with the Turgot map-view of Paris and Rocque's plan of London in terms of its large format, decorative impact, and importance for urban planning. It features a sprawling decorative cartouche across the entire base of the map.
The plan of the city renders some of the more important public buildings in floorplan-level detail. The gardens and country surrounding Rome are rendered pictorially.
Engraving on 16 sheets of laid paper (12 for the map and 4 for the index) mounted as one, on contemporary or near contemporary linen with green selvage. Fragile. Areas of cracking throughout and small areas of reinstated loss, namely at the edges. Fair to Good. PLEASE NOTE: This map is very large and quite fragile. One will need to have a plan in place for immediate storage or framing, lest further damage be done.