CASALIUS, JOANNES BAPTISTA. d. 1648.
De urbis ac Romani olim imperii splendore. Rome: Francisci Alberti Tani, 1650.
Folio. (323 x 210 mm). π4 A-X4 (X4+1) V-Kkk4; , 437 (i.e. 435),  pp. Title in red & black. Copper-engraved allegorical frontispiece by Giovanni Baronio, 6 copper-engraved plates (5 folding), 1 copper-engraved text vignette, woodcut arms of Pope Innocent X on title, and 28 wood cuts in text. Period vellum over boards, paper labels to spine. Occasional spotting and browning, one plate very browned, vellum slightly stained and soiled, loss to vellum in two spots at lower cover, boards a bit bowed, splits in vellum at head and foot of spine. Contemporary ownership inscription to front fly-leaf, illegible library stamp to margin of frontispiece.
FIRST EDITION of this rare work on ancient Rome, which discusses the city's history, literature, politics, religion, society, customs, politics, archeology, and more. Printed in 1650, the year of Innocent X's Jubilee, this book was one of many items commissioned by the Pope to celebrate the history of Rome. Besterman p 22; Cicognara 3656; Choix 16647a; Vinciana 4455.