Antichita` Romane de' Tempi della Repubblica e de' Primi Imperatori, Designate, ed Incise da Giambattista Piranesi Architetto Veneziano... Parte Prima.
Etching. Plate: 350 x 240mm, (13¾ x 9½"), with very large margins. Uncut. Crease in margin top right.
A caprice etched by Piranesi as a half-title to one of his books, with the text within a border printed from a separate plate, simulating a stone memorial. Printed from two plates. The text roughly translates as 'Roman Antiquities from the time of the Republic and the First Emperors, designed and engraved by the Venetian architect Giambattista Piranesi and by the same is dedicated to the most illustrious and most reverened Monseigneur Giovanni Bottari, private chaplain to Pope Benedict XIV, the guardian of the Vatican Library and canon of Santa Maria in Trestevere.'
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