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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720--1778)
Prima parte di architetture, e prospettive inventate, ed incise da Giambatista Piranesi architetto Veneziano fra gli Arcadi Salcindio Tiseio
[Roma]: [F. Piranesi], [c. 1795].
Etch. title-pl., [16] etch. pl. (numbered 1-15 with 1 unnumbered) ; 54.5 cm. (1°)

The copy described here corresponds to Robison's 'third edition, second issue'. It forms part of a copy of Piranesi's Opere varie (q.v.) not recorded by Robison but closely matching a partially dispersed copy in the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris (Hb.30). The absence in these later issues of the original 1743 dedication to Nicola Giobbe (which was reprinted word-for-word in 1747) is almost certainly due to the fact that Giobbe had died on 19 October 1748 (see Robison, op. cit. infra, pp. 23 and 55 n.40).

For an acute analysis of how the twin traditions of Italian baroque theatre design and Venetian capriccio vedute come together in this first flowering of Piranesi's genius as an etcher, see Andrew Robison, Piranesi early architectural fantasies: a catalogue raisonné of the etchings (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1986), introduction, pp. 12--25. See also Hind, Piranesi, p. 75; Jörg Garms, 'Considérations sur la Prima parte' in G. Brunel (ed.), Piranèse et les Français: colloque tenu à la Villa Médicis 12-14 mai 1976 (Rome: Académie de France à Rome, 1978), pp. 265--280; J. Wilton-Ely, Piranesi (exh. cat., Arts Council, 1978), pp. 20--21; and Robison's catalogue nos. 3, 5--12, and 15--20.

Copy Notes With the title-plate in Robison's fourth state and the remaining plates in his third state. Bound as the first element in a copy of Piranesi's Opere varie probably issued in the mid 1790s (q.v.).

Binding C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-ruled spine, red spine-label gilt-lettered 'Piranesi / Opere / Varie'. Part of a 12-volume set re-bound by Hood and McCullock, to whom Soane paid £24 on 3 July 1826. (Archive 16/12/38).

Reference Number 6462


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