In the Italian book Ritratto Di Roma Antica different themes of everyday life in ancient Rome are described. Mainly it is about the architecture. At the beginning we find in the book an alphabetical list which shows which topics it deals with.
From bow forms to temples everything is there. After the foreword, the author continues with a flowing text that runs through the whole book and is supported by pictures. In the end, more pictures are listed, but now without text.
The text is printed recognizably and thus set with lead letters. The 128 illustrations are copperplate engravings which were subsequently inserted into the book. One of these engravings was colored with watercolor. In addition to the copper engravings, there are also woodcuts. However, none of these prints were coloured.
The book is 15.5cm x 12.5 cm. So this is the Octodecimo size. The book is much smaller than expected.
It has 362 pages and is therefore rather thick compared to its format.
The book was written by Pompilio Totti. But that is not all, because he is not only the author but also the publisher and financier of this book.
The book became also again and it developed a 2. edition with isolated improvements in the text.