New Library acquisition: Roma antica di Famiano Nardini

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:



Famiano Nardini.  Roma antica di Famiano Nardini.  Rome, Gaetano Zenobi, 1704.  Includes 16 engraved illustrations, some of which fold out, and 36 woodcuts.  Second edition.

This popular guide to classical Rome was first published in 1655 and went through many subsequent reprintings.   One of the best guides of its time to ancient sources, it reproduces maps and plans, inscriptions, and numismatics that document Rome’s historical development.   This second edition of 1704 reproduces the same plates and figures as the first edition.

Published five years after Nardini’s death, the volume was edited by Ottavio Falconieri.  Falconieri’s contributions to the second edition include a discorso on the pyramid of Cestius and a lettera on an inscription found in a 1661 restoration of the portico of the Pantheon.