MARLIANI, Bartolomeo.

Urbis Romae topographia.

[Bound after:] SOLINUS, Caius Julius. Polyhistor, rerum toto orbe memorabilium thesaurus locupletissimus. Huic ob argumenti similitudinem Pomponii Melae De Situ Orbis.

Rome & Basel: Valerio and Luigi Dorico / Michael Isingrin, 1544 & 1543 Stock Code: 130002
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First illustrated edition, second issue (with woodcut device on title page) of Marliani's Urbis Romae topographia, one of the most celebrated early guides to Rome, illustrated with superb engravings of the city's most important sites. The important folding map cut by the calligrapher and wood engraver Giovanni Battista Palatino, probably designed by Marliani himself, appears here for the first time, and "set the stage for many separately published maps of the ancient city which came soon after" (Jessica Maier, Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City, 2015, p. 120).

This is bound after the second edition of Caius Julius Solinus's Polyhistor, published with the three books of Pomponius Mela's De situ orbis, the "only ancient treatise on geography in classical Latin Written about 43 or 44 CE, it remained influential until the beginning of the age of exploration, 13 centuries later" (Ency. Brit.). Solinus's work, composed in the 3rd century CE, was originally entitled Collectanea rerum memorabilium but revised in the 6th century under the present title and was popular in the middle ages. The Solinus includes a folding map of Asia Major, with an early depiction of China and South East Asia and the second iteration of "the earliest representation of the north-west coast of America on a printed map" (Burden), marked as "terra incognita".

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2 works in one volume, small folio (298 x 196 mm). Contemporary vellum, manuscript title in ink to spine, four raised bands, blue edges. Collation: Marliani: A6A-B4C-L6; 5 full-page illustrations (partly folding) including the double-page Palatino map of Rome, 18 other woodcuts in text; woodcut printer's device on titles and colophon leaf. Solinus: a6ß4a-d4e4+2f-r4s4+2t-z, Aa-Ff4 ; 2 folding maps, 2 full-page maps, 16 maps in text. Housed in a brown cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Binding lightly rubbed and marked, boards sprung, scattered foxing; the Marliani complete with the colophon leaf carrying the Doricos' impressive woodcut device of Pegasus. A superior copy


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