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Della Via Appia riconosciuta e descritta da Roma a Brindisi. Libri IV.Naples, Giovanni di Simone, 1745. Folio. With engraved illustration on title-page, 3 folding engraved maps and 1 full-page engraved map in text. Contemporary vellum.
- Ebert 17903; Brunet IV, col. 857. First edition of a comprehensive account of the entire Via Appia, one of the main ancient roads through Italy, by the Italian priest Francesco Maria Pratilli (1689-1763). It is divided into 4 "libri", each treating a different part of the road from Rome southeast to Brindisi, mentioning places to eat, historical monuments (it passes some of the finest Republican and Imperial inscriptions), markets, cities etc., which can be found along the road. In the 19th century it was discovered that Pratilli was involved in a vast series of skilled forgeries, referring to and making up sources that never existed. Nevertheless, the present work contains some new and valuable information and remained an important work on the Via Appia for a long time: "Travail important et rempli d'érudition" (Brunet). With bookplate and library stamp. Endleaves smudged, but text in very good condition. Binding only slightly rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise good. [Attributes: First Edition]
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