GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI (1720-1778)
the complete set of 14 etchings, circa 1749-50, on laid paper, watermark Fleur-de-Lys in Single Circle (Robison 5), a very fine, early set of the First Edition, Second Issue, printed with a light, selectively wiped plate tone, all but two plates in the first state, the Title Plate (R. 29) and The Giant Wheel (R. 35) second state (as usual for this issue), published by Giovanni Bouchard, Rome, 1750-58; with Raccolta di varie vedute di Roma, including the title page and 94 etchings, including 48 by Piranesi, the others by Anesi, LeGeay, Duflos and Bellicard, Second Edition, published by Bouchard, Rome, 1752; Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto, with the title page and nine plates, First Edition, published by Bouchard, Rome, 1753; and two plates from Vedute di Roma (Veduta del Tempio di Cibele & Veduta del Tempio di Giove tonante), 1758 and 1756, both first state (of five and six, respectively), before Bouchard's address and price; all with margins, in very good condition, the double-page plates bound with wide paper guards in an 18th century Italian vellum binding, with contemporary end-papers, the binding lacking the spine and with some wear (book)
Plates 545 x 410 mm. (and similar) (Carceri)
Sheets 521 x 682 mm. (and similar)
Overall 533 x 385 mm. (book)
Sir Jeffry Wyatville RA (1766-1840), Burton-on-Trent, London (with his bookplate).
With Bernard Quaritch Ltd, London.
Acquired from the above; then by descent to the present owner.