Giovanni Battista Piranesi : die poetische Wahrheit (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Staatsgalerie, Graphische Sammlung, Stuttgart, 27 March-27 June 1999)
Ostfildern-Ruit, Hatje, 1999
(32 cm), 432 pp., illustrations, 1 map (90 × 60 cm, folded to 30 × 20 cm) laid in at end. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - A catalogue of all the Piranesi prints in the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, with three essays by Corinna Höper. Most of the prints are late Roman editions from the old Royal Library; “there is, however, one great rarity which ought to be noted. This is a disbound copy of the first state of the first edition of the 1743 Prima parte di Architetture. One print in it shows an early state that escaped even Robison’s investigations [Forma ideale del Campidoglio antico, before numbering and extra shading; Robison 8, before state I] (from a review by Antony Griffiths, in Print Quarterly, volume 18, 2001, p.204). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.