Giovanni Battista Falda – “Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze, e luoghi publici della città” (Roma, 1684)
I chose these two pages (p.16 & p.20) because of the incredible beautiful design of the fountains. Furthermore, it is extremely interesting to look at the people in the drawings, because of the way they are dressing and acting.
The cover of the book is made out of beautiful, thick, green leather. The spine of the book is embellished with gold ornaments. The paper was, to my surprise, very thick and the book was overall really heavy with a size of 28 x 42 cm. The book is divided in 4 sections and written in Italian.
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I came across the book while searching for the year of publication on the blog. Both books were published in 1684, in Rome, and consequently are both in Italian. Unlike my book (Architettura della basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano) this book has no text. The book consists only of pictures and their descriptions. The pictures in the two books are very similar in drawing style, but in content they are different. The pictures in my book are technical. You can see the architecture drawn in great detail. Unlike the pictures in this book. In this book, the pictures often show the surroundings as well. Here, the architecture is not in the center of attention.