• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7747

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    17 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 15

    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

    Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani (Focillon 927-966; Hind p. 84 f.; Wilton-Ely 753-798) and Osservazioni sopra la lettre de Monsieur Mariette (F. 967-982; H. p. 86; W.-E. 799-814)

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    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
    Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani (Focillon 927-966; Hind p. 84 f.; Wilton-Ely 753-798) and Osservazioni sopra la lettre de Monsieur Mariette (F. 967-982; H. p. 86; W.-E. 799-814)
    the complete two works in one volume, the first comprising 41 etchings (four of which are large folding plates and 15 double-page), including two title pages and the portrait of Pope Clement XIII, with the etched head- and tailpieces and initials, all very fine, early impressions, printing in bluish-black, published by the artist, Rome, 1761; the second comprising 16 etchings, including the title page, equally fine, early impressions, published by the artist, Rome, 1765; both watermark Fleur-de-Lys in a Double Circle (Hind 3), as usually found in early editions, with the Italian text only, the full sheets, one folding plate torn with one of the panels detached but present, a few other, minor tears and old repairs, bound in a 19th century half vellum binding, some wear to the binding
    535 x 420 mm. (overall)


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