16 June 2016
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778). Antichita Romane de' tempi della Repubblica, e de' primi Imperatori. Rome: 1748.
2° (532 x 387mm). Etched throughout, 2 titles, dedication leaf, 2 other preliminary leaves, 25 plates, with plate numbered I corrected by hand as usual, and including the final unnumbered Arco di Galieno plate, plates numbered 13 and 14 after Silvestre. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt, coroneted 'P' of the dukes of Portland at center of covers (neatly rebacked, old lettering-piece laid down, a few discreet repairs, some light wear). Provenance: William Henry, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809) Prime Minister of Great Britain and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (binding); by descent to William Arthur, 6th Duke of Portland (1857-1943) British Conservative politician (armorial bookplate, binding); Giannalisa Feltrinelli (blind stamp on flyleaf, her sale, Christie’s London, 3 December 1997, lot 334).
A fine copy with wide margins of Piranesi's etchings of the antiquities of Rome and of monuments outside Rome, preceding his similarly named magnum opus. Piranesi's archaeological interests are evident not only in the historical accuracy of the views, but in the 2 plates recording inscriptions on monuments which precede the views. Hind p.75; Foucillon pp. 287-290.
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