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Descrizione E Disegno Dell'Emissario Del Lago Albano Di Gio Batista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[Roma:]: , (1762)

Physical Description

19, [1] p., t.-pl., 9 pl. (7 dble., 1 dble. & fold.); 540 mm. (Folio).


[T.-pl.] - Descrizione E Disegno Dell'Emissario Del Lago Albano - Spiegazione Delle Tavole Dell'Emissario Del Lago Albano [on pl. 1-9] - Imprimatur; Approbatio; Imprimatur - [Pl. 1-9].

Responsibility Note

The title-plate and nine numbered plates are signed as made by Piranesi. The decorated initial and tailpiece are unsigned.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, 4 (2000), 92; RIBA, Early printed, 3 (1999), 2553; Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings, ed. J. Wilton-Ely (1994), 613-624; J. Wilton-Ely, Piranesi [exhibition catalogue] (1978), 159-160; A.M. Hind, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1922 repr. 1978), 85-86; H. Focillon, Giovanni-Battista Piranesi (1918 repr. 1964), 480-491.

S.M. Dixon, 'The sources and fortunes of Piranesi's archaeological illustrations', in Tracing architecture: the aesthetics of antiquarianism, ed. D. Arnold and S. Bending (2003) (= Art history, 25:4 (2002)).

Summary Note

The title-plate caries no publication-date, but the Approbatio is dated 'Romae ... 1. Aprilis 1762'.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf, upper cover gilt-stamped with royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.'; rebacked in 20th century, red and green morocco spine-labels lettered 'Antichita D'Albano E Di castel Gandolfo', spine lettered 'R.A. 1764'. Bound with Piranesi's Antichita D'Albano E Di Castel Gandolfo (1764), Di Due Spelonche Ornate Dagli Antichi Alla Riva Del Lago Albano [1762], and Campus Martius (1762).


Tunnels - Conduits - Hydraulics - Civil engineering - Architecture, Roman - Antiquities, Roman - Lakes - Italy - Albano (Lake) - History
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century