|BIBLIOGRAPHY: GUIDEBOOKS TO ROME
by Alison Fleming
See also secondary sources in English and Italian
Mirabilia urbis Romae (The Marvels of
Rome), trans/ed. Francis Morgan Nichols, London, 1889; 2nd ed. with
new introduction by Eileen Gardiner, New York: Italica Press, 1986.the
earliest guidebook to Rome, supposedly written by Benedict, a canon
of St.Peter’s, 1143.
Gregorius, Magister. [Mirabilia Romae.
English] The Marvels of Rome / Master Gregorius, translated with
an introduction and commentary by John Osborne. Toronto, Ont., Canada:
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1987.
Flavio Biondo: Roma instaurata, 1444, published 1481.
Francesco Albertini: Opusculum de mirabilibus novae et veteris urbis Romae, Mazochio, Roma, 1510.
Andrea Fulvio: Antiquitates urbis, 1513
Bartolomeo Marliano: Topographia antiquae Romae, 1534.
Andrea Palladio: The Churches of Rome, 1554. modern edition, ed/trans. Eunice Howe, MRTS, 1991.
Five Early Guides to Rome and Florence,
with introduction by Peter Murray, Gregg International Publishers Limited,
1972. includes facsimiles of guides written by Albertini and Palladio,
as well as an anonymous guide, published in Venice in 1480. Helpful
Guidebooks/Accounts of English visitors
The Stacions of Rome (Vernon Ms) Frederick
J. Furnivall, ed., Early English Text Society: London, 1867; reprint
Greenwood Press, New York 1969). English verse account dated 1370.
William Brewyn: A XVth Century Guidebook to the Principal Churches of Rome, trans. C.E. Woodruff, Marshall Press, London, 1933. reprint AMS Press, NY, 1980. Brewyn’s account dates to c.1470. Includes lengthy descriptions of the seven basilicas, a random assortment of other churches, a list of the stations, a transcription of a Papal Bull issued by Paul II in 1469 warning against harming pilgrims, and an itinerary of the route from Calais to Rome.
“A True Description and Direction of what is most worthy to be seen in all Italy...”, Harleian Miscellany, XII, 1811, 73-129. An anonymous manuscript, it most likely dates to around 1600.