PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778). Antichita de Cora descritte ed incise da Giovambat Piranesi. Rome: 1764. - Le Rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Giulia situato in Roma presso S. Eusebio, e falsamente detto dell'Acqua Marcia colla dichiarazione di uno de'celebri passi del commentario Frontiniano e l'esposizione della maniera con cui gli antichi Romani distribuivano le acque per uso dell citta.... Rome: 1761
2 works in one volume. Cora: Folio (21 4/8 x 16 inches). Letterpress half-title. Etched title-page, etched vignette head-piece, 1 double-page and folding etched plate, 6 double-page, and 4 full-page plates, one vignette head-piece (plate X quite browned and with one or two marginal tears). Acqua Giulia: Letterpress half-title. Etched title-page, one double-page etched plate, 18 full-page plates, one smaller plate, and 4 vignettes. 19th-century half vellum red cloth (worn).
Provenance: from the New York State Library at Albany, with their bookplate on the front paste-down, and their small perforated library stamp on the engraved title-page of Cora, their small ink library stamp on the verso and at the foot of the first page of text.
Cora: "Throughout the 1760s Piranesi's archeological publications were strongly conditioned by his involvement in the Graeco-Roman controversy. In his final treatise of the decade the artist went further afield to demonstrate the independent technical achievements of the Italic races in Latium. Selecting Cori, one of the most ancient settlements in Italy and which proudly attributed its foundation to Dardanus of Troy, he concentrated in particular on the massive cyclopean town walls of the 6th century B.C. and on the so-called Temple of Hercules. This latter structure occupies most of the book, since Piranesi considered that its surviving portico represented an especially early example of the Doric or Tuscan Order, uninfluenced by Greece. Detailed diagrams were used to illustrate certain idiosyncrasies in the entablature of this temple, as evidence of the indigenous evolution of the Order" (Wilton-Ely volume II, page 728). D IX
Acqua Giulia: "The Acqua Giulia continues the artist's study of the Roman water system, which he had initiated in the Antichita, and includes a discussion of the relevant part of the celebrated treatise, De Aquae Ductu Urbis Romae, of Sestus Julius Frontinus. Piranesi's treatise concentrates in particular on the castello, or fountain-head, which was originally embellished with the sculptures that Piranesi had depicted in the earlier Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto, of 1753. Indeed, one plate from that work was reused in the Aqua Giulia as Plate XVIII (Wilton-Ely volume one, page 583). D III