Apparato delle statue, nuouamente trovate nella distrutta Cuma, con le dichiarationi, & discorsi fattivi dal signore Antonio Ferro, della citta de Bitetto. Et con la descrittione del tempio, ove dette statue erano collocate; opra quanto degna di ammiratione per antichita; altre tanto curiosa, e grata a pellegrini ingegni

Autore: FERRO, Antonio (1579-1633)

Tipografo: Tarquinio Longo for Bartolomeo Carampello

Dati tipografici: Napoli, 1606


8vo (158x98 mm). 103, [1 blank] pp. Collation: A-E8 F12. Printer's device on title page. Woodcut initial and tailpiece. Italic type. Contemporary gilt vellum, new endleaves (remboitage). Small hole repaired to l. A2 with a small loss of text, burn hole to l. C7 slightly affecting the text, some occasional light browning and spotting, all in all a good copy.

First edition, also issued as an appendix to Scipione Mazzella's Sito, et antichità della città di Pozzuolo (Naples, Longo, 1606), of this firsthand report on the archeological findings discovered in Cumae near Pozzuoli in 1606. Ferro describes the temple where the sculptures were located and tries to identify each of them by quoting references from ancient sources, from Aristotle to Martianus Capella. In particular, he describes the statutes of Jupiter, Apollo, Vesta, Neptune, Saturn, Julius Caesar, Agrippina, as well as the medals of Tiberius and Caligula. That excavation marked the beginning of the archeological interest in the territory of the Cumae necropolis, that reached its peak during the reign of Charles III of Bourbon (1716-1788).

Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\NAPE\009789; Cicognara, 3015; Borroni, 5210.


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