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New Library acquisition: Delle ville e de' più notabili monumenti antichi della città di Tivoli

June 03, 2010 • Categories: Library Acquisitions

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

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Estevão Dias Cabral & Fausto Del Ré.  Delle ville e de' più notabili monumenti antichi della città di Tivoli Rome, Puccinelli, 1779.  Includes folding maps and plans.  First edition.

This tourist guidebook leads visitors on a walking tour through the Roman ruins of Tivoli with its major villas, including the 16th century Villa d’Este, and neighboring countryside.  It includes a plan of Tivoli itself that shows moments, roads, villas, and aqueducts, a detailed plan of the villa of Hadrian, and a foldout map of the surrounding area.   

Authored by Fausto Del Ré and Estevão Dias Cabral, identified as Stafano Cabral on the title page for an Italian audience, the volume is dedicated to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Rezzonico, a nephew of Pope Clement XIII and patron of the arts.  The text’s dedication explains that the Cardinal often traveled to Tivoli to relax and enjoy the surroundings.