Edited by Gianni Guadalupi
In this series, the varied, gaudy spectacle of the 18th and 19th-century Italian states comes back to life in period images and the words of eyewitnesses and leading figures.
With its iconography unearthed from lost palaces, archives and museum warehouses, this series shows – often for the very first time – the official face of the Antichi Stati d’Italia: the portraits of their rulers and governors, flags and coins, seals and coats of arms, maps and views. Directed by Gianni Guadalupi, the series availed itself of the collaboration of several experts, including historian Claudio Donati. Each volume features an introduction by a contemporary historian and a lengthy anthology of period texts (most of them previously unpublished in Italian), as well as timelines, geographical descriptions, bibliographies, biographies and family trees.
The series consists of 30 volumes.