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Vedute Di Roma Disegnate Ed Incise Da Giambattista Piranesi Architetto Ve...iano

RA Collection: Book

Record number



(In Roma): Presso l'Autore a Strada Felice nel Palazzo Tomati vicino alla Trinità de' monti. A paoli due è mezzo., [1747-1766?]

Physical Description

[84] dble. pl. [incl. t.-pl.]; 542 mm. (Broadsheet).

Responsibility Note

All plates but three ([12], [62], [68]]) are signed as made (or drawn and/or engraved) by Piranesi. Most plates carry the imprint, 'Presso l'Autore' (sometimes with the full address, and in one case [pl.80] with the words 'In Roma') - but not plates 6, 13, 32, 52, 63, 64, 67-9, 71, 73-8, 81-4.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, 4 (2000), 86; RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2569; Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings, ed. G. Wilson-Ely (1994), 134-268; Piranesi: Rome recorded, 1-135; J. Wilton-Ely, Piranesi [exhibition catalogue] (1978), 76-106; A.M. Hind, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1922 repr. 1978), 1-137; H. Focillon, Giovanni-Battista Piranesi (1918 repr. 1964), 719-853.

Summary Note

No publication-date is given on the title-plate; plate [84] appears to carry the date of 1766. The work was begun in 1747 and continued serially until Piranesi's death in 1778, by which time a complete set would have included a title-plate and 134 plates of views; Piranesi's son Francesco added a further two plates. The plates are captioned, and show both ancient and modern buildings in Rome, and some views of Tivoli.


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 'Vedute di Roma Piranesi', spine lettered 'R..A.'

Name as Subject


Architecture - Italy - Lazio - Rome - Tivoli - History - Description and travel
Views - Vedute - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Giovanni Battista Piranesi, draughtsman, engraver, publisher

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