1. [Le Antichità Romane], 4 volumes, folio (565 x 400mm.). Volume I: engraved portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi after Joseph Cades, 44 plates numbered I-XLIIII (including double-page frontispiece dedication to Gustav III of Sweden), some with 2 views to a sheet, many folding or double-page and 2 additional plans of the Palazzo de Cesari. Volume II: etched title, double-page frontispiece and 61 plates, numbered I-LXIII. Volume III: etched title, double-page frontispiece and 52 plates, many double-page or folding, numbered I-LIV. Volume IV: etched title, double-page frontispiece and 57 plates, many double-page or folding, numbered I-LVII (including XLIV[bis] and one unnumbered plate, Focillon 380 and 382). [Focillon 144, 153-395], without letterpress, old blue ink library stamp on verso of final plate in volume 1, lower corner of title in volumes 2-3 and verso of volume 4 plate 2, light waterstain in upper margin of volume 2 slightly extending into engraved area, crease in volume 3 plate 51, bindings rubbed and bumped, slight wear to extremities Volume 5 2. [Monumenti degli Scipioni]. Folio (562 x 410mm.), 6 etched and engraved plates, numbered I-VI, no title or letterpress, ink stamp to lower corner of plate 1, rubbed, slight wear to spine ends Volume 6 3. Sciographia quatuor templorum veterum. Folio (562 x 410mm.), double-page etched title and 46 (of 50) plates, numbered I-XIII, I-VIII and I-XXVIII, lacking 4 plates (1 and 7-9) from part 3, ink stamp on verso of title, edges slightly worn, small loss to head and foot of spine Volume 7 4. Della magnificenza ed architettura de' Romani. 2 etched titles (Italian and French), portrait of Clement III, 38 numbered plates, some folding or double-page, [Focillon 927-929, 933-966], no letterpress 5. Osservazioni ... sopra la lettre di M. Mariette. etched title and 9 plates, some double-page, [Focillon 967-982], no letterpress, ink stamp to lower corner of title, some light spotting; together 2 works in one volume, folio (562 x 405mm.), occasional light marginal waterstains (not affecting engraved area), slight wear to extremities of binding with loss from head of spine Volume 8 6. Prima parte di architetture e prospettive. etched title and 27 numbered plates, some with two views, some double-page, [Focillon 2-18, 20-23 and 121-132] 7. Carceri d'invenzione. double-page etched title and 15 double-page plates, [Focillon 24- 39] 8. Alcune vedute di archi trionfali ed altri monumenti. etched title (plate 1) and 31 plates, numbered 1-32, some double-page, [cf. Focillon 41-71] 9. Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto. etched title and 14 plates, some double-page, [Focillon 133- 143]; together 4 works in one volume, folio (559 x 410mm.), ink stamp to lower corner of title, occasional very slight spotting, corners bumped, extremities rubbed Volume 9 10. Lapides Capitolini. etched title, dedication and large folding double-page plate, [Focillon 421, 422, 427] 11. Antichità di Cora. etched title, 9 (of 10) plates, numbered I-IX, [Focillon 537, 540-549], lacking plate 10 12. [Il Rovine del Castello dell'Aqua Giulia. no title, 19 plates on 18 sheets, numbered I-XIX, [Focillon 401-420]; together 3 works in one volume, folio (560 x 405mm.), ink stamp on first title extending into engraved area, extremities bumped with small loss to head of spine Volume 10 13. Il Campo Marzio dell'antica Roma. Folio (565 x 405mm.), etched title, frontispiece and 48 numbered plates and one additional unnumbered plate not listed in Focillon, some plates with two views, some folding, including the large folding plan of Campo Marzio (plates V-X joined), [Focillon 428, 429, 436-479], ink stamp on title slightly into engraved area, extremities slightly rubbed, small loss from foot of spine Volume 11 14. Antichità d'Albano e di Castello Gandolfo. no letterpress, etched title, double-page dedication and 27 plates, some with two views, many double-page or folding, numbered IXXVI (the last unnumbered), [Focillon 505, 506, 509-536] 15. Descrizione e disegno dell'Emissario del Lago Albano. no letterpress, etched title and 21 plates (numbered I-IX and I-XII), [Focillon 480, 483-491, 493-504]; together 2 works in one volume, folio (562 x 405mm.), ink stamp on lower corner of first title slightly into engraved area, a little light scattered spotting, corners bumped, extremities slightly rubbed, head of spine torn with small loss Volumes 12-13 16. Vasi, candelabri, cippi, tripodi, lucerne ed ornamenti antichi. 2 volumes, large folio (828 x 550mm.), volume 1: double-page etched title and 54 plates; volume 2: frontispiece and 56 plates, [Focillon 601-718], ink stamp on each title slightly into engraved area, vol. 12: title with tear along fold, extremities rubbed and bumped, slight wear to head of spine, vol. 13: small marginal waterstain affecting a few plates, corners rubbed and bumped, slight loss to foot of spine Volume 14 17. Trofeo o sia magnifica colonna. Large folio (824 x 550mm.), 2 double-page etched frontispieces and 26 plates, [Focillon 551-582], ink stamp to corner of title, occasional spotting and light dust-soiling, extremities rubbed and bumped, small loss to head and foot of spine Volume 15 18. Differentes vues de quelques restes de trois grandes edifices ... de Pesto. Large folio (825 x 552mm.), etched title and 20 plates, [Focillon 583-599], ink stamp to title slightly extending into engraved area, extremities rubbed and bumped, small tear to head of spine Volumes 16-17 19. Vedute di Roma. 2 volumes, large folio (824 x 550mm.), 2 etched frontispieces, large folding plan of Rome, and 135 views of Rome, many with the author's address and price erased, the plates arranged by subject and bound as per Hind pp.35-37, [Hind 1-136], ink stamp to first title, slight waterstain to margins of some plates (not affecting engraved area), a little light scattered spotting, corners and edges of bindings bumped, head of vol. 17 spine torn Volume 18 20. [Collection des plus belles statues de Rome], Large folio (662 x 480mm.), 40 etched plates (4 double-page), ink stamp to lower corner of plate 1, a little light scattered spotting and marginal dust-soiling, extremities slightly bumped and rubbed, a few small wormholes to spine Volume 19 21. Il Teatro d'Ercolano. Large folio (828 x 558mm.), etched title and 9 plates, ink stamp to lower corner of title, extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, short tear to head of spine Volume 20 22. Diversi maniere d'adornare i cammini. Folio (560 x 407mm.), double-page etched title (bound inverted), 66 numbered plates and 3 additional plates showing shells, vases and architectural details, [Focillon 854-925], ink stamp to verso of title, extremities bumped and slightly rubbed Volume 21 23. Raccolta di alcuni disegni del Barberi. Folio (562 x 405mm.), etched title and 27 (of 29) plates, lacking plates 1 and 2, ink stamp to corner of title extending into engraved area, waterstain in gutter of title, extremities slightly rubbed, small loss from head of spine Volume 22 24. Schola Italica picturae. Folio (665 x 484mm.), engraved title and 39 plates (numbered 1- 40), ink stamp on title into engraved area, a little light scattered spotting, extremities slightly rubbed, head of upper joint splitting Volume 23 25. ['Diverses gravures' (as titled on spine)]. Large folio (935 x 645mm.), 18 engraved plates and plans, of which 4 large folding, 2 large plates torn along folds, ink stamp to lower corner of first plate, some spotting and creasing, large plates slightly frayed at edges, rubbed and bumped, tears to spine ends, one corner lacking morocco Volume 24 26. Peintures de la sala Borgia au Vatican de l'invention de Raphael, recueillies par les Piranesi, et dessinées par Thomas Piroli. Paris: chez les Piranesi et Leblanc et Rome: Th. Piroli, 1803, letterpress 'explication des sujets', 12 engravings on 6 sheets 27. Peintures de la Villa Lante à Rome. Paris: chez les Piranesi et Leblanc et Rome: Th. Piroli, 1803, letterpress 'explication', 16 engravings on 8 sheets; together 2 works in one volume, folio (565 x 408mm.), ink stamp on title of first work, a little light marginal dustsoiling, binding slightly rubbed Volumes 25-26 28. Antiquités de la Grande-Grèce, aujourd'hui Royaume de Naples. (Antiquités de Pompeia. Tome premier [-second]). Paris: les Piranesi et Leblanc, 1804-, 2 volumes, large folio (954 x 640mm.), volume 1: letterpress title and half-title, volume 2: letterpress title, engraved half-title; 71 (of 72) consecutively numbered engraved plates on 53 sheets, one folding, lacking plate 1, some light spotting and browning, small ink stamp to both titles, vol. 25 lower corners worn with loss, vol. 26 preliminary blank and title creased, extremities rubbed and bumped, slight wear to head of spine Volume 27 29. Antiquités de la Grande-Grèce, aujourd'hui Royaume de Naples. Premier volume, content les usages civils, militaires et religieux; le plan du Muséum de Portici, dans lequel sont indiquées les armoires qui renferment les objets trouvés dans les fouilles de Pompéia, d'Herculanum et de Stabia: le tout accompagné de détails relatifs aux arts utiles de tous genres. Paris: à l'Establishment des Beaux Arts et chez Leblanc, 1807, large folio (957 x 645mm.), letterpress title, engraved list of plates and 33 plates on 27 sheets (numbered A-B and I-XXXI), some spotting, small ink stamp to title, extremities rubbed together 29 works in 27 volumes, folio and large folio, uniformly bound in red half morocco over marbled boards by Tessier, of Rue de la Harpe, Paris (label in each volume), spines with raised bands gilt LITERATURE Focillon, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, essai de catalogue raisonné de son oeuvre (1918); Hind, Giovanni Battista Piranesi: A critical study (1922) CATALOGUE NOTE A near complete set of the first Paris edition of Giovanni Battista and Francesco Piranesi's works, uniformly bound in red half morocco by Tessier. G.B. Piranesi's much-admired prints of Rome and its vicinity contributed considerably both to contemporary interest in classical archaeology and to the growth of the Neoclassical movement in art and architecture. Born in Venice, Piranesi went to Rome in 1740 as a draughtsman for the Venetian ambassador. He studied with leading printmakers of the day and settled permanently in Rome in 1745. It was during this period that he developed his highly original etching technique, producing rich textures and bold contrasts of light and shadow by means of intricate, repeated bitings of the copperplate. His unparallelled accuracy of depiction, his personal expression of the dramatic and romantic grandeur of ancient Rome, and his technical mastery make his works some of the most original and impressive representations of architecture found in Western art.