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First edition of a rare description of Rome and its antique monuments

RYCQUIUS, Justus (Josse de RYCKE).
De Capitolio Romano commentarius. In quo, illustria eius olim aedificia, sacra, & profana: deorum, dearumque nomina: arcus item triumphales, columnae, statuae, Tropaea, colossi, caeteraque ornamenta adcuratè describuntur; & plura alia antiquitatis monimenta (sic) proferuntur, emendantur, explicantur.

With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text.

With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text.

With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text.

With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text.

With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text.



Ghent, Cornelius Marius (Cornelius van der Meeren), 1617. 4to. Contemporary vellum, sides with gilt border along the edges and gilt centre and corner pieces, spine lettered in ink. With engraved allegorical printer's device in roundel in an ornamental frame, with the inscription "Tantum mea nomina crescunt"; 2 half-page engraved plates, one of which representing the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, one full-page woodcut of a plan of a temple by Palladio and numerous woodcuts of coins in the text. (16), 179, (12) pp.

Rare first edition of this work on Rome and antique architecture in Rome by Justus Rycquius, or Josse de Rycke (1587-1627). Described are the situation of Rome lying on seven hills and several important antique buildings, including a plan of a classical temple drawn by Palladio (illustrated on p. 156). Furthermore the history of Rome and many antique coins  are treated extensively. Rycquius dedicated his work to the city of Rome (p. (3) and to Joannes de Bette, Baron of Leda, dated 1 September 1617 (p. (5-9)). A second edition appeared in 1669 in Leiden with Daniel Abr. & Andr. van Gaasbeeck; a third in 1696, also in Leiden with Joan. du Vivi√©. In both editions an extra plate was added, which has nothing to do with Rycquius.
Justus Rycquius was a Belgian poet who travelled to Italy in 1606. In ca. 1614 he returned home and settled in Louvain. Some years later he was appointed Canon of the Cathedral at Ghent. At the end of his life we find him in Italy again where he was appointed professor Eloquentiae at Bologna in 1624.
Good copy.- (Ties missing, margins of the first lvs. somewhat soiled, tear in 4th lv.)
Biogr. Nat. de Belg. 5, cols. 689-91; Hofman Peerlkamp, p. 281; NUC (4 copies).


Related Subjects: Architecture  Classical Antiquity  Numismatics  Rome 

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