The Library of Sergio Rossetti encompasses the history of Ancient and Renaissance Rome. From Calvi’s map of pre-Augustan Rome to Piranesi’s elaborate plan of the Campo Marzio, plate books reproducing classical sculptures and the elaborate decoration of Roman interiors by the greatest artists of the day, together with views of Rome ancient and modern, the history and legacy of the Eternal City are displayed.
There are detailed descriptions of individual churches and buildings, architectural treatises, and descriptions of the engineering achievements of the papal renewal of Rome, in particular with relation to obelisks and the flooding of the Tiber. There are numerous elegant Roman baroque bindings, including one with the arms of Christina of Sweden. The collection also includes a very comprehensive series of guidebooks to Rome, from the early Mirabilia Romae pilgrim’s guides through to nineteenth-century archaeological handbooks. The collector of this fine library, Sergio Rossetti, was the author of a magisterial bibliography of works on Rome.