Paris: [Circa 1800]. Binding: Contemporary binding: fawn half-calf with corners, rebacked expertly, saving the flat spine with title label in red morocco., Notes: Elephant Folio (800 x 560 mm).
This series occupied him throughout his life, from the 1740s until he died in 1778. Thus, as Wilton-Ely points out, all the phases of evolution and maturation of the style of engraving take shape in the Vedute. of Piranesi, as well as his philosophical questions: "through these particular works, which were spread all over the Continent using the Grand Tour, Piranesi was not only to revolutionize the conventional form of the veduta but was to transform the European vision of classical antiquity"., Size: Elephant Folio., Illustration: 57 plates and the large "Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo" leaflet.
Volume from the Famous Views of Rome by Piranesi, in the first printing in Paris.
Many of the plates show the watermark of the first Parisian printing (Hind #7, Wilton-Ely/Robison, #78). The title page conforms to the fourth state described by Hind, who also attributes it to this printing. , References: Focillon, pp. 50-57; Hind, p. 30; Wilton-Ely, I, no. 134-268., Category: Book Plate Books General; Book Art, Architecture & Design; Book Europe Italy;. A near fine example, plates are crisp and mostly clean. Item #B6629

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