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Ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia

  • 1764
[London]: Printed for the author
  • "Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia" (1764) is the first publication of Robert Adam, the celebrated eighteenth century architect and designer. Adam, an influential proponent of Neoclassicism, was inspired by works of classical architecture during his 1754-7 Grand Tour. His travels included a 5-week sojourn in Spalatro (now Split in Croatia) where he visited and studied the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built around AD 300. By publishing this volume documenting the palace, Adam demonstrated to the public his knowledge of antique monuments and his consequent preparedness to design commissions in the classical style. This book is an impressively large folio volume. It contains a short text explanation and 61 numbered and additional unnumbered engraved plates, some of which are two or three joined pages. For our online facsimile, we did not scan blank pages; feel free to contact us for pagination information if needed. The 1764 original edition from which this digitization was made (UW-Madison, Memorial Library Special Collections, WIR AD12 Cutter Flat) is lacking four illustration plates. Scanned Plates III, VI, VII, and XXVII are made available through the courtesy of the University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware. Digital images of these four plates were taken from their copy of the same title and edition.

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Date
1764
Publisher
[London]: Printed for the author
Language
English
Description of Original
iv, [7], 33 p., [54] leaves of plates : ill. ; 53 cm.
For Staff
METS

Available Contents

  1. [Cover]
  2. Plate I
  3. Ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia, by R. Adam F.R.S F.S.A, architect to the King and to the Queen, printed for the author MDCCLXIIII
  4. To the King
  5. Introduction
  6. List of subscribers
  7. A description of the general plan of Dioclesian's palace as restored, explaining the manner of disposing the apartments in the houses of the ancients
  8. Explanation of the plates
  9. Plate II. General plan of the town and fortifications of Spalatro, shewing the situation of the ancient palace of the Emperor Dioclesian; also the great bay and harbour, the Lazaretto; the Mountain Margliano, the Fort of Grippe, the suburbs, and the adjacent grounds
  10. Plate III. View of the town of Spalatro from the east
  11. Plate IV. View of the town of Spalatro from the south west
  12. Plate V. General plan of the palace as it now remains
  13. Plate VI. General plan of the palace restored
  14. Plate VII. View of the Crypto Porticus, or the front towards the harbour
  15. Plate VIII. Geometrical elevation of the Crypto Porticus, or south wall of the palace; and the elevation of the same wall as it now remains
  16. Plate IX. Elevation and profile of one arch of the Crypto Porticus
  17. Plate X. Geometrical elevation of the Porta Aenea, or the east wall of the palace
  18. Plate XI. Geometrical elevation of the Porta Aurea, or north wall of the palace
  19. Plate XII. View of the Porta Aurea
  20. Plate XIII. Geometrical elevation of the Porta Aurea and Octagon Towers
  21. Plate XIV. Impost cornice and archivolt of the Porta Aurea
  22. Plate XV. Consoles which support the columns of the Porta Aurea
  23. Plate XVI. Impost and archivolt of the upper niches of the Porta Aurea
  24. Plate XVII. View of the Porta Ferrea
  25. Plate XVIII. General section of the palace from south to north
  26. Plate XIX. General section of the palace from east to west
  27. Plate XX. View of the peristylium of the palace
  28. Plate XXI. Elevation of the portico to the vestibulum
  29. Plate XXII. Order of the portico to the vestibulum, in the peristylium
  30. Plate XXIII. View of the inside of the vestibulum
  31. Plate XXIV. Door of the vestibulum
  32. Plate XXV. Part of the door of the vestibulum to a larger scale
  33. Plate XXVI. Plan of the Temple of Jupiter
  34. [Plate XXVII.] [Side view of the Temple of Jupiter]
  35. Plate XXVIII. View of the entry to the Temple of Jupiter
  36. Plate XXIX. Geometrical elevation of the Temple of Jupiter
  37. Plate XXX. Exterior order of the Temple of Jupiter
  38. Plate XXXI. Door of the Temple of Jupiter
  39. Plate XXXII. Part of the door of the temple to a larger scale
  40. Plate XXXIII. View of the inside of the Temple of Jupiter
  41. Plate XXXIV. Geometrical section of the Temple of Jupiter
  42. Plate XXXV. First interior order of the Temple of Jupiter
  43. Plate XXXVI. Second interior order of the Temple of Jupiter
  44. Plate XXXVII. Outside entablature at top of the Temple of Jupiter, impost and archivolt of the interior niches
  45. Plate XXXVIII. Bas relief which forms a frize in the inside of the Temple of Jupiter
  46. Plate XXXIX. Other bas reliefs being part of the same frize
  47. Plate XL. Plan of the Temple of Aesculapius
  48. Plate XLI. View of the Temple Aesculapius
  49. Plate XLII. Another view of the Temple of Aesculapius
  50. [Plate XLIII.] Lateral elevation of the Temple of Aesculapius
  51. [Plate XLIV.] Section of the Temple of Aesculapius
  52. Plate XLV. Door of the Temple of Aesculapius
  53. Plate XLVI. Part of the door of the temple to a larger scale, part of the soffit of the cornice
  54. Plate XLVII. Exterior order of the Temple of Aesculapius
  55. Plate XLVIII. Interior frize and cornice of the Temple of Aesculapius, soffit of the above frize and cornice
  56. Plate XLIX. Pannels of the arched cieling [sic] of the Temple of Aesculapius, capital and pilaster in the angle of the peristylium
  57. Plate L. Exterior frize of the Temple of Aesculapius
  58. Plate LI. Bas reliefs of an urn near the Temple of Aesculapius
  59. Plate LII. Fragment of the architrave of a door to the Crypto Porticus, enriched moldings round the octagon towers
  60. Plate LIII. Fragment of the bas relief at Spalatro
  61. Plate LIV. Bas relief in the house of Count Jeremiah at Spalatro
  62. Plate LV. View of the sphinx which was anciently in the Temple of Jupiter
  63. Plate LVI. Another view of the same sphinx
  64. Plate LVII. Bas relief of the Church of Saint Felix at Spalatro
  65. Plate LVIII. Bas relief representing a combat with the centaurs
  66. Plate LVIX. Bas relief found incrusted [sic] in the spire of the cathedral church
  67. Plate LX. View of a sphinx with heiroglphicks, front view of the same sphinx, another view of the same sphinx
  68. Plate LXI. View of the aqueduct which conveyed water from Salona to the palace
  69. [unnumbered plate]. Arca di Can Signorio
  70. [unnumbered plate]. Arca di Can Martino
  71. [unnumbered plate]. Antiqua urbis porta
  72. [unnumbered plate]. Musei Veronensis prospectus et ichnographia
  73. [unnumbered plate]. Portae dimidium, Portae vetustioris quod ibidem est reliquum
  74. [unnumbered plate]. Maffei
  75. [unnumbered plate]. Pompei
  76. [unnumbered plate]. Verzi
  77. [unnumbered plate]. Canossa
  78. [unnumbered plate]. Beuilaqua
  79. [unnumbered plate]. Pellegrini
  80. [unnumbered plate]. Porta nuova
  81. [unnumbered plate]. Porta del Palio per di fuori
  82. [unnumbered plate]. Porta del Palio per di dentro
  83. [unnumbered plate]. Fiera
  84. [unnumbered plate]. Dogana, ingresso, loggie con li fondachi, pianta della dogana
  85. [unnumbered plate]. Gaviorum Arcus
  86. [unnumbered plate]. Capella in S. Bernadino
  87. [unnumbered plate]. [untitled plate]
  88. [Cover]