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Opera Varie Opere Varie di Architettura - PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista - 1750. 
Rome Con Licenza dei Superiori / Si Vendono Presso l'Autore nel Palazzo del Signore Conte Tomati but circa 1761 1750 - Large folio (54.4 x 41.5 cm). Frontispiece portrait of Piranesi after Polanzani, printed title in red and black with engraved vignette for the Opere Varie, double-page printed title in red and black with engraved vignette for the Trofei and 50 plates, 29 double-page, all printed in black ink on thick laid paper and mounted on tabs. Sheet sizes: Single sheet: 531 x 404 mm; double sheet: c.531 x 740 mm. Detailed contents: PORTRAIT: Giovanni Battista Piranesi by F. Polanzani (1750). TITLE: Printed in red and black with engraved vignette, the second version with Piranesi's address. [Robison 28]. PRIMA PARTE: 17 plates, the second edition, second issue, dating from 1761 (as noted by Robison, nos. 17 & 18 each appearing in their 2nd states). The Camera Sepolcrale (R. 20) and Tempio Antico plates (R.19) are bound directly after the frontispiece in reverse order and without numbers, denoting early states (see Hind pg. 80). [Robison 1-3; 5-12; 15-20]. TROFEI DI OTTAVIANO AUGUSTO: 10 plates including the Vedute dell'avanzo del Castello . with Piranesi's address, the first edition. [W.-E. 269, 271 - 278 & 169]. TWO SINGLE PLATES: Pianta di ampio magnifico Collegio: A single plate, third state (of seven). [Robison 25] & Parte di ampio magnifico Porto: A single plate, fourth state (of eight). [Robison 26]. These 2 plates are here unnumbered, for later versions of the 1761 issue these plates have numbers added. (see Hind pg. 81) FRONTISPIECE FOR VEDUTE DI ROMA: Printed on 2 single sheets. [W.-E. 135]. GROTTESCHI : 4 plates corresponding to Robison's second edition, second issue dated to 1761 (R. 21, 22 and 24 are second state, R. 23 is third state). [Robison 21 - 24]. CARCERI: 16 plates, the second edition, second issue. [Robison 29 - 44]. Full contemporary polished calf, rebacked, boards with triple-ruled borders and floral corner pieces in gilt, banded spines with gilt tooling and black leather label with gilt title in nine compartments, turn-ins tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Repairs to edges and corners. A very good copy of Piranesi's Opera Varie dateable to 1761 and including his famous series of Carceri. The Opere Varie, is, as its title suggests, a composite album incorporating much of Piranesi's most extraordinary and finest work: a fine album of 53 etchings (including the two vignettes for the titles). The work opens with the Prima Parte showing imaginary adaptations and reconstructions on classical Roman themes and ranging in scope from designs for a museum of sculpture to the interiors and exteriors of palaces, views of colonnades, architectural ruins and so on. The Prima Parte, when first published in Rome in 1743, was the first of Piranesi's collected works and included 12 plates; when forming part of the Opere Varie, Piranesi added five plates while removing another. Following these plates are the Grotteschi, four fantastic scenes published for the first time in 1750 following Piranesi's return to Venice in the late 1740s and included with the Prima Parte ' in copies of the Opere Varie. In style and subject, the Grotteschi are very much influenced by Tiepolo and his Capricci series, however unlike the Venetian master, Piranesi's fantasies suggest an additional coherence of meaning. The famous imaginary prison series, Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione, is also present here and these 16 plates, a remarkable product of the subconscious and an extraordinary demonstration of the engraver's skill, represent the height of Piranesi's imaginitive work. First published in 1750 when Giovanni Bouchard (Piranesi's publisher) included 14 carceri, untitled at that time, in the earliest edition of the Opere Varie. In 1761, Piranesi reissued the group as a coherent whole, entitled the Carceri d'Invenzione and under his own name with two additional plates. While Piranesi issued no further editions of the Carceri after this time, the plates were always included with the Opere Varie and the artist continued to experiment with their ae [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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