The artifact is one of the earliest picture books created in the late 1700’s.
It contains 100 copper engravings. Among these engravings is one of St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of the four major basilicas in Rome, prior to the 1823 fire when it burned to the ground.
For that reason alone, the book is of special interest and value.
A Note about Pope Pius VII & St. Paul Outside the Walls
In the summer of 1823, Pius VII broke his leg and was unable to recover from the wound. Two weeks earlier, a fire had devastated his beloved church, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, the abbey where he had both studied and taught in his younger years. He was not even told of the fire and died in August. He was buried in a mausoleum erected by Thorwaldsen in St. Peter’s Basilica.