Altona, 1781. 4to. Cont.hcalf. Richly gilt back. (12), 28, 354, (14) pp. and 15 fold.engr.plates (among these 3 maps). Printed on good paper. Previously owned by "Chr.Molbech,Sorae 1802" (in his own hand).
A beautiful copy of the first edition of this charming work on the city of Rome.
Georg Christian Adler (1734-1804) was a German theologian, whose main subject outside of the Church was that of ancient Rome. In 1775 he published Maternus von Cilano's work on ancient Rome, and in 1781 he published his own main work, "Ausführliche Beschreibung der Stadt Rom".
This copy has belonged to one oft he most famous Danish literary histoorians, Christian Molbech, and bears his name, the year 1802 and "Soroe" (the year and city from which he graduated from high school, namely the renowned and famous "Sorø Akademi") in his own hand on front free end-paper. He became professor in history of art and director oft he Danish Royal Theatre. In 1839 he founded the Danish Historical Society and became the first editor of "Historisk Tidsskrift" ("Historical Magazine"), which is now one of the worlds oldest scientific historical magazines. His influence on Danish culture has been immense.