1830 Plan of Modern Rome

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By: W.B. Clarke

Date: 1830 (Published) London

Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 inches (31.8 cm x 38 cm)

This elegant map of modern Rome was published in 1832 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. This society was founded by British statesman (Lord Chancellor) Henry Broughman for the purpose of making educational materials available to those of the rapidly expanding reading public who had limited financial means and for those who preferred self-education.

In this map Clarke depicts Rome as it appeared in the third decade of the 19th century. The massive Aurelian Walls, traced in russet, are clearly indicated at the outer perimeters, as are walls built at a later date which enclose Vatican City and a portion of Rome on the west side of the Tiber. The walls of Rome have the longest set of ancient walls still standing. Though the walls are often neglected by visitors, the coloring of this map would draw one’s attention to them immediately, perhaps implying that closer inspection of them might be worthwhile. Main streets and thoroughfares are also highlighted, enabling the peruser to orient himself more readily.

Under the heading references, Clarke provides a list of the fourteen districts into which Rome was divided at the time, and under each district name lists important landmarks of that area. The reference list is numbered in Roman numerals corresponding to numerals in the map body. Below the map Clarke provides detailed drawings of important architectural monuments such as St. Peter’s Basilica and many other important religious and governmental edifices.

Condition: This map is in B+ condition, with some toning, offsetting and minor damp staining.

Inventory #10788

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