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PIRANESI, GIOVANNI BATISTA - ROSSINI, PIETRO:

Il Mercurio Errante delle Grandezze di Roma, tanto antiche, che moderne.

Text by Giovanni Pietro Rossini, the Elder. Two volumes in one. Rome: Generoso Salomone, A spese di Fausto Amidei, 1750. With 13 folded copperengraved plate by Piranesi, Jean-Laurent Legeay, and Philothée-François Duflos. 12mo. [8] + 192 [2] + 142 + [12] pp. Title-page of first volume is missing the lower 1/4, otherwise nice copy bound in contemporary full vellum with calligraphed title in gold on spine.

First Edition of the Mercurio Errante guidebook to Rome to be illustrated with Piranesi's etchings this copy contains 4 original etchings by Piranesi which are considered to be some of his earliest known works, probably executed between 1740 and 1741. These views were designed like 'modern-day postcards', and were probably kept loose and then added to the volumes at the request of the buyer and the number of engravings therefore may vary from copy to copy. Rossetti, Rome G-1210. Borroni 8066/8. Schudt 294. Kissner Collection 992. Schlosser Magnino p. 601. Wilton-Ely, 1994, p. 90 et seq. } executed between 1740, the year of his arrival in Rome, and 1741, the date of the first edition of Barbiellini's publication [Roma antica and Roma moderna] (Exploring Rome: Piranesi and His Contemporaries, p. 73). They are of particular importance in plotting the development of Piranesi's graphic skills, as they range from his first tentative efforts to some highly sophisticated compositions (Wilton-Ely). Piranesi's etchings were subsequently reissued in the Varie Vedute in 1745 and 1748, and following their appearance in the 1750 edition of Rossini's Mercurio Errante, they reappear in the 1760, 1771, and 1789 editions. Scott has suggested that all these views were designed like modern-day postcards, and were probably kept loose and then added to the volumes at the request of the buyer. No two editions of the work exhibited here have the same number of plates by the different artists (Exploring Rome, idem.). Rossini calls for 18 plates the present volume contains 19. Overall a very appealing copy. Rossetti, Rome G-1210. Borroni 8066/8. Schudt 294. Kissner Collection 992. Schlosser Magnino p. 601. Wilton-Ely, 1994, p. 90 et seq. [the 7th edition chronologically].


PIRANESI, GIOVANNI BATISTA - ROSSINI, PIETRO:

Il Mercurio Errante delle Grandezze di Roma, tanto antiche, che moderne.

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