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I. B. Piranesii Lapides Capitolini Sive Fasti Consulares Triumphalesq Romanorum Ab Urbe Condita Usque Ad Tiberium Caesarem

Giovanni Battista Piranesi engraver

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Lapides Capitolini]

Variant Title

Fasti consulares


(Romæ): Veneunt apud Auctorem in ædibus Comitis Thomati via Felici prope templum SS. Trinitatis in Monte Pincio., (MDCCLXII.)

Physical Description

[6], 61, [1] p., t.-pl., etch. dedic., [1] fold. pl. (printed from 4 coppers): illus.; 538 mm (Folio).


[Half-t., t.-pl., engr. dedic.] - Praefatio; Imprimatur; Approbatio; Imprimatur - Fasti Consulares Romanorum ... - Notae Quae Occurrunt In fastis - Triumphi Romanorum - Index Consulum; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The engraved title-plate and engraved dedication plate are signed as made by Piranesi. An etched headpiece and two tailpieces are also signed as made by him.

The printer is named in the colophon, 'Typis Generosi Salomoni'.

The work is dedicated by Piranesi to Pope Clement XIII.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 4 (2000), 90; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2559; Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings, ed. J. Wilton-Ely (1994), 553-558; A.M. Hind, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1922 repr. 1978), 85; H. Focillon, Giovanni-Battista Piranesi (1918 repr. 1964), 421-427.

Summary Note

The place and date of publication are given in the colophon, 'Romæ MDCCLXII'.

The work dispays, and comments on, the fragments of a marble inscription - originally found in the forum but preserved on the Capitol - listing the consuls of Rome from the earliest times to the accession of the emperor Tiberius I (14 A.D.).


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Copy Note

The folded plate has been excised, and is housed separately.

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 'Acqua Giulia Carceri Lapides Piranesi', spine lettered 'R.A.' Bound with three others.


Consuls, Roman - Public officers - Italy - Rome - History - Chronologies
Inscriptions, Latin - Italy
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Generoso Salomoni, printer
Clement XIII Pope, dedicatee