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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720--1778)
Diverse maniere d'adornare i camini ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi desunte dall' architettura Egizia, Etrusca, e Greca con un ragionamento apologetico in difesa dell' architettura Egizia, e Toscana opera del Cavaliere Giambattista Piranesi architetto. = Divers manners of ornamenting chimneys and all other parts of houses taken from the Egyptian, Tuscan, and Grecian architecture ... = Differentes manieres d'orner les cheminèes et toute autre partie des edifices ...
Roma: nella stamperia di Generoso Salomoni, 1769.
[4], 30, [2], 31--35, [3] p., etch. dedic., II, I, 66 etch. pl. : illus. (etch.) ; 54.5 cm. (1°)

With parallel title and texts in Italian, English and French. The double-page etched dedication is to 'Monsig. D. Giovambatista Rezzonico'. Piranesi probably began assembling this collection of etched designs for chimney-pieces, interior decoration and furniture following the execution in around 1764 of his controversial Egyptian-style interior for the celebrated English coffee-house on the corner of Via Due Macelli in Rome, representations of which are given on pl. 45 & 46 (and possibly pl. 10). Impressions of the plates were evidently circulated privately by Piranesi prior to their publication in the present form, most probably to advertise his abilities as an architect and interior designer through strategic presentations of the kind that he made to Sir William Hamilton (acknowledged by Hamilton in a letter of 3 October 1767) and to the Society of Antiquaries in London, to whom the artist sent a collection of 57 plates from this work on 18 November the same year.

With the main sequence of plates numbered 1--66, except for pl. [57] which has this number supplied in MS. only. Copies exist with these plates either un-numbered or partially numbered in various incomplete sub-series (see BL copy 744.f.7 and the very similar RIBA copy, BAL no. 2556). The Soane copy is evidently from a later issue, with the order and numbering of the plates regularised. Although pl. 59 bears two copperplates printed side-by-side, only the lefthand copper is numbered.

For a detailed discussion of this work and its influence see John Wilton-Ely's Piranesi as architect and designer (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993). For a descriptive listing of the plates, further details of the publishing history and bibliographical references see BAL Early printed books, no. 2556.

Copy Notes Plate 57 is numbered in ink. Plate 62 is misbound after pl.63. With underlinings and marginal notes in pencil by Soane pages 5 and 7.

Binding C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-ruled spine, red spine-label gilt-lettered 'Piranesi / Div. Maniere / D' Adornare / I Cammini'. 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 6416


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