WITH 17 BEAUTIFUL FOLIO ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS OF ITALIAN CLASSICAL AND RENAISSANCE SITES
(NARDI, Luigi). Descrizione Antiquario-Architettonica Con Rami Dell'Arco Di Augusto Ponte Di Tiberio E Tempio Malatestiano Di Rimino. Rimini: Marsoner e Grandi, 1813. Folio, modern half blue morocco, raised bands, red morocco spine label, marbled edges; pp. 81. $1800.
First edition of this survey of the most striking architecture in the city of Rimini, Italy, with 17 lovely folio architectural plates (four folding) of Roman and Renaissance buildings.
Written by a noted 19th-century Italian architectural author, this work features detailed plans of Rimini's three most notable architectural sites: the Arch of Augustus (built in 27 BC); the Bridge of Tiberius (also known as the "devil's bridge" after ancient tales in which the Emperor agreed to give the soul of the first one across the bridge to the devil in exchange for his help in building it); and the Tempio Malatestiano (built in the 15th century by the great Renaissance architectural theorist Alberti as his first attempt to apply his theories to the practice of architecture). Text in Italian.
Only minor foxing to plates, text bright and clean.