Colonna Traiana [The rare 18th-century Folio-Edition on Trajan’s Column, in which, atypically, all Oblong-Folio-Planches have a centerfold and which includes the often missing, large 1,1 meter – foldout-plan of Trajan’s Column] – Colonna Traiana Eretta Dal Senato, E Popolo Romano All’Imperatore Traiano Augusto Nel Suo Foro In Roma. Scolpita Con L’Historie Della Guerra Dacica La Prima E La Seconda Espeditione, E Vittoria Contro Il Re Decebalo. Nuovamente Disegnata, Et Intagliata Da Pietro Santi Bartoli. Con L’Espositione Latina D’Alfonso Ciaccone, Compendiata Nella Vulgare Lingua Sotto Ciascuna Immagine, Accresciuta Di Medaglie, Inscrittioni, E Trofei, Da Gio. Pietro Bellori. Con diligente cura, e spesa ridotta à perfettione, e data in luce da Gio. Giacomo de Rossi dalle sue stampe, in Roma, alla Pace con Privilegio del S. Pontefice.
Roma, [Giacomo de Rossi] alla Pace con Privilegio del S. Pontefice, . Folio: (26.5 cm wide x 37 cm high). All planches usually in Oblong-Folio are center-folded in this version, allowing it to be bound in Folio. Pagination: 9 unnumbered plates, [including titlepage, engraved dedication to Louis XIV, and also the large Trajan-Foldout, measuring 110 cm x 36 cm)], followed by 119 plates folded into 238 plates, [while our copy is lacking the 14 pages with Alphonso Ciacono’s “Historia Utriusque Belli Dacici A Trajano Cæsare” and Index and Colophon at the end of the Volume, this flaw is rather unimportant because this Volume is all about the masterful art of over 125 engravings and the powerful Homage by Pietro Santi Bartoli to Trajan, Rome’s “Optimus Princeps”]. Fully restored Folio in dark green Morocco, bound to 18th century – style by an english master-bindery. Unusually excellent condition with the tiniest of wormhole-damage to the Dedication pages. The plates all in exceptional condition. The large Column-Plate spellbinding.
The very rare 18th-century publication, depicting Trajan’s Column, should be in every meaningful Historical library or private collection.
In order to understand the importance of Trajan’s Column and its impact on understanding the Dacian Wars, Roman History, and Historical Homage in general, we suggest a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in which an unbelievable plaster-cast of Trajan’s Column is the Star of the Collection since the year 1873.
If you are unable to make this vist for the unforeseeable future, please see a magnificent Interactive, explanatory Graphic of the Column by Andrew Curry on National Geographic.
See here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/trajan-column/
Our copy is identical with the edition the Royal Academy is carrying in its library. Please visit their website, which allows you to see plenty of additional images of this amazing publication, identical to our copy.
See here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/book/colonna-traiana-eretta-dal-senato-e-popolo-romano-allimperatore-traiano