Roma: Printed by Pizzi & Pizio for ENIT, 1937-XV. First edition. Softcover. Folio (16 x 12 3/4"). Unpaginated. pp. Original decorative wrappers, with gold-embossed Fascist standard and lettering to front cover, as well as gilt lettering to back cover.
Published in 1937 by the Italian National Agency for Tourism, "Visions of Imperial Rome" is filled with stunning photogravures of Rome depicting the following views:
Via dell'Impero, the Roman Fora and the Colosseum; Via del Circo Massimo; Via del Mare and the Theatre of Marcellus; the Colosseum and its interior; the Capitol and the Statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol; The Quirinal and the Fountain of Castor and Pollux, with a detail of the fountain; Detail of the Fountain of the Rivers by Bernini in Piazza Navona; the Trevi Fountain; The Pines at Villa Borghese; Correggio's "Danae" (Borghese Gallery); the Pincio; the Pincian Gardens; "Paolina Borghese" by Canova (Borghese Gallery); St. Peter's Square and Interior of St. Peter's; Bernini's Colonnades; the Fountains in St. Peter's Square; Michelangelo's "Moses" (San Pietro in Vincoli); Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" in the Sistine Chapel; Detail of the "Incendio del Borgo" by Raphael in the Vatican.
The book opens with a large photogravure of Mussolini in uniform, wearing a helmet, and with fasces in the background.
Book block detached from wrappers. Light damp stain to lower part of front cover and the first six pages. Wrappers partly soiled / darkened along edges, rubbed, slightly creased with sporadic minor chipping. Wrappers in overall fair to good-, interior in good- to good condition. fair to g. Item #45077