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Antichità · D'Albano · E · Di · Castel · Gandolfo Descritte · Ed · Incise · Da Giovambatista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Roma: l'anno 1764.

Physical Description

[4], 26 p., engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic. (dble.), 26 [i.e. 28] pl. (9? dble): illus.; 540 mm. (Folio).

General Note

Plates 6 and 26 comprise two figures (i.e. 2 coppers) each.


[Half-t., t.-pl., engr. dedic., dedic.] - [Text] - [Pl.].

Responsibility Note

The title-plate and plate 7 are unsigned. All other numbered plates, the engraved dedication and the decorations (one initial, one headpiece) are signed as made by Piranesi.

The work is dedicated by Piranesi to Pope Clement XIII.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, 4 (2000), 94; RIBA, Early printed, 3 (1999), 2547; Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings, ed. J. Wilton-Ely (1994), 638-670; J. Wilton-Ely, Piranesi [exhibition catalogue] (1978), 162-3; A. Robison, 'Giovanni Battista Piranesi: prolegomena to the Princeton collection', in Princeton University Library Chronicle, 31:3 (1970 spring), 189-191; A.M. Hind, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1922 repr. 1978), 86; H. Focillon, Giovanni-Battista Piranesi (1918 repr. 1964), 505-536.

Summary Note

This work was the third resulting from Piranesi's visit to Lake Albano in 1758 or 1759. On his return to Rome, after completing his Delle magnificenza ed architettura de' Romani (1761) he published the Descrizione e disegno dell'emissario del Lago Albano (1762) and Di due spelonche ornate dagli antichi alla riva del Lago Albano (1762), and began to compile the present series of etchings. The three works are often found together.

The plates include both views and technical illustrations of ancient Roman engineering.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

With pl. 3, 5 and 21 separately housed.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf, the upper cover gilt-stamped with royal arms of Britain and lettered 'R.A.'; rebacked in 20th century, red and green morocco spine-labeles lettered 'Antichita D'Albano E Di Castel Gandolfo Piranesi.', spine lettered 'R.A. 1764'. Bound with Piranesi's Descrizione E Disegno Dell'Emissario Del Lago Albano (1762), his Di Due Spelonchi Ornati Dagli Antichi (1762) and his Campus Martius Antiquae Urbis (1762).


Antiquities, Roman - Architecture, Roman - Italy - Albano - Castel Gandolfo - History
Views - Vedute - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century