[Rome]: NP, Weihnachten 1942. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (11 1/4 x 15 3/4").  loose leaves, as issued. Leaves resting in their original illustrated vellum portfolio. Handwritten title-page with mounted photographic cutout of an antique brass door knocker.
Unique collection of 20 original photographs (including title leaf) and 3 folded architectural plans documenting the construction and completion of the swimming pool, round temple, garden house and patio at the German Embassy in Fascist Italy.
At the time of the construction, Mussolini's Italy was the main ally of the Third Reich, and was doing a poor job fighting alongside the Wehrmacht in Russia and North Africa. The German ambassador in Rome was Hans-Georg von Mackensen, son of the old field marshal and son-in-law of Baron Konstantin von Neurath (former ambassador to Italy and to Britain, and later foreign minister). The embassy is still located at Via San Martino della Battaglia, 4.
Photographs in various sizes, measuring 3 3/4" to 5" x 5" and mounted on heavy 10 3/4" x 14 3/4" card stock. Architectural plans M=1:100 (Bestandszeichnungen) in fold-out. a) Grundriss, b) Ansichten, c) Längschnitt. Each plan measuring 18 1/4" x 29" with eagle and swastika on top margin. Bottom left margin with handwritten caption: "Reichsbaudirektion Berlin. Bauleitung Rom. Rom, den 15.12.42. (Signed) "Mertz" (Project supervisor, Karl Mertz), Reg. Baurat."
Moderate age wear, with some minor abrasions and staining to portfolio. Small closed tear on fold of Grundriss plan. Slight age-toning to one photograph. Captions in German. Portfolio in overall good-, photographs and plans in very good to near fine condition. g to vg. Item #24551