This is a scarce c. 1885 Romolo Bulla pictorial tourist map of Rome, Italy. Oriented to the west-southwest, Bulla's map depicts Rome from the Aventine Hill to the Piazza del Popolo and the Villa Borghese, and from the Vatican to the Termini train station. Profile illustrations of most of the major monuments in Rome appear throughout, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Temple of Vesta, and the Vatican, among others. All place names and street names are in Italian. A street index appears just outside the border.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by Romolo Bulla c. 1885. Bulla published several editions of this map, most of which can be distinguished by the development of Rome's tramway system. We believe the presently offered map to be one of the earliest in the series, as only the first two tramway lines are illustrated. We note various states cataloged in institutional collections and we note OCLC entries for maps bearing this title and approximate date. We also note an example at Harvard University.
François Bulla (fl. c. 1814 - 1855) was a French engraver, printmaker, lithographer, and printer. Born in Tessin, Bulla opened his business at 98, Rue du Temple around 1814 and moved to 38, Rue Saint-Jacques in 1821. Bulla published a catalog of his work in 1838 entitled Catalogue général des estampes et lithographies compost le fond de F. Bulla, éditeur, quaint Saint-Michel, 25 that was printed by the Imprimerie de Ducessois. Bulla's business was described in the Bazar Parisien in 1826 in this manner:
Possesses a considerable stock of prints in all formats. A print of Girodet's painting La bataille de la révolte du Caire stands out, along with allegorical and historical prints, as well as prints illustrating religious subjects. He accompanies these with a series of beautifully executed landscapes.
The firm moved to Rome in 1840, establishing itself at 2 Via del Vantaggio not far from the Piazza del Popolo. In 1848, Bulla entered into a short-lived partnership with Cereghetti; he then moved on to a partnership with Stampa, a Spanish editor, in 1849. Bulla retired in 1855. Bulla had five sons: Eugène (known as Bulla ainé), Joseph, Antoine, Laurent, and Jean-Baptiste. All five of his sons would adopt their father's profession and become either editors or printers. His two oldest sons established their own firms. Antoine was sent by his father to Cadiz in 1849, but when François retired in 1855, Antoine took over his father's share of the partnership with Stampa. The firm still operates to this day in Rome, Italy and is owned by Bulla's descendants. Learn More...
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Small areas of infill at fold intersections.
Harvard Map Collection MAP-LC G6714.R7A3 1885 .B8.