Remains of the Antiquities Existing in Puteoli, Cumae, and Baiae

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Paolo Antonio Paoli, president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome (1775–98), was a pioneering scholar and historian of the ancient civilizations of the region of Campania in southern Italy. He completed this fundamental work about the Greek and Roman settlements in the area of Pozzuoli, near Naples, in 1768. Avanzi delle antichità esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baia. Antiquitatum Puteolis Cumis Baiis existentium reliquiae (Remains of the antiquities existing in Puteoli, Cumae, and Baiae) features 69 plates with etched engravings, which are explained in an accompanying text that is printed, in Italian and Latin, in two columns within a frame. The engravings are by Giovanni Volpato, Antoine Cardon, Francesco La Marra, and Johann Dominik Fiorillo, based on drawings by Natali, Ricciarelli, Magri, and others. Three of the engravings cover double-paged spreads, and one has a view of the coast of Pozzuoli, presented on several folded sheets. The price information on the colophon indicates that the book sold for 15 Neapolitan ducats.

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Ferdinand IV ann. IX, Florence and Naples

Title in Original Language

Avanzi delle antichità esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baia. Antiquitatum Puteolis Cumis Baiis existentium reliquiae

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Physical Description

69 plates with etched engravings. 64.5 x 49.5 centimeters

Last updated: July 3, 2014