London: Trianon Press, 1949. Piranesi, G. B. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (13-1/2" x 11"). Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and 16 engraved plates, with letterpress descriptions on versos. This edition limited to 1,000 unsigned copies (total printing 1,212). Minor fraying at head & tail of spine. Lower half of spine water stained and with some rippling (text leaves & etchings unaffected).
"Piranesi's (b. 1720) famous set of prints, the Prisons, first appeared in Rome about 1745 under the title, "Invenzioi, Capricci all'acqua forte," and were published without the name of the artist... [and were reprinted many times]. For our own period they have immense relevance... the richness of Piranesi's imagination was such that formal qualities of his work allowed him to suggest those tragic dreams that underlie human existence." (Jean Adhemar). Very good- condition. Item #50485