Record number 03/2783
TitleSplendor Magnificentissimae Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimus; E Figuris elegantissimis, & accurata Descriptione emicans; In Duas Partes Distributus: Quarum Prior, Templa inclytæ Urbis magnifica, Collegia, Monumenta, Mausolea, Epitaphia, Inscriptiones, Statuas, Picturas, Sculpturas, ac reliqua ibidem memoria digna continet: Posterior, Regimen Serenissimæ Reipublicæ Venetæ, Magistratus, Dignitates, Ædificia Publica atque Privata, Pompas, Festa, Spectacula, & Sumptuosissima quaeque recenset. Opus Collectum atque editum ex Scriptoribus optimis atque luculentis.
ImprintLugduni Batavorum: Sumptibus Petri Vander Aa; Bibliopolæ, Academiæ atque Civitatis Typographi., [ca. 1720?]
Physical Description2 vols. [v.I: [18], 242 p., [39] dble. pl. - v.II: p.[243]-419, [1], [80] dble. pl.]; 460 mm. (Quarto). 
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Half-title, t.p.] - Præfatio Typographi Ad Lectorem - Operis Huius Ordo Atque Divisio - Explicatio Numerorum huius Tabulæ Ichnographicæ Urbis Venetiarum / Dichiaratione De' Numeri posti nella Pianta Iconografica - [Text] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Index Nominum, Rerum Ac Verborum; Emendanda - Admonitio Ad Bibliopegum / Avis Au Relieur / Berigt Aen Den Boeckbinder - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe title varies slightly in Volume II: 'Splendoris Magnificentissimæ Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimi ... Pars Posterior ...'.

The plates show: (Volume I) a map of Venice, two aerial views of the city, and thirty-six views of palaces; (Volume II) churches, public buildings and public ceremonies - all identified by captions in Latin, Italian and French. The sequence reaches its climax with a show of fireworks and a public display of fisticuffs, and ends with a quiet view of the campo di S. Stefano.

This set of views takes its place in a tradition of Venetian vedute. The publisher acknowledges in his preface his debt to the 'authenticas tabulas P. Coronelli, Carlevari, Louisae'. Carlevaris was one of the first to take up the work of such view-painters as J. Heintz, G. Richter and Vanvitelli, and established a tradition which flowered in the work of Canaletto, Marieschi, Bellotto and Guardi. British and other visitors responded with enthusiasm.
Responsibility NoteNo plate is signed.

Plates [1], [2] of Volume I carry the imprint of Petrus Vander Aa.
SubjectArchitecture - Palaces - Churches - Public buildings - Italy - Venice - History
Ceremonies - Celebrations - Italy - Venice - History - 18th century
Maps - Views - Vedute - Netherlands - 18th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 18th century
ReferencesP.G. Hoftijzer, Pieter van der Aa (1999).

On Venetian vedutisti in the eighteenth century see The glory of Venice [R.A. exhibition catalogue] (1994); D. Succi, ed., Da Carlevaris ai Tiepolo: incisori veneti e friulani del Settecento [exhibition catalogue] (1983); Vedutisti veneziani del settecento [exhibition catalogue] (1967); M. Pittaluga, Acquafortisti veneziani del settecento (1953).
Binding Note18th-century speckled calf; rebacked in 20th century, gilt-decorated spine, black and red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Splendo Urbis Venetia (e) Tom. I. (II.)'.
ProvenanceAcquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.
Variant TitleSplendoris Magnificentissimæ Urbis Venetiarum Clarissimi ... Pars Posterior
Contributors Aa, Pieter van der, 1659 - 1733, publisher, bookseller, intaglio printer
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