Le antichità romane

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778), Etched by Francesco (Felice) Polanzani (Italian, 1700–after 1783), Etched by Jean Barbault (French, worked in Italy, about 1705–1766), Etched by Girolamo Rossi II (Italian, 1682–after 1762), After Antonio Buonamici (Italian, 18th century), Printer Angelo Rotili (Italian, 18th century), Publisher Giovanni Bouchard (French, worked in Italy, 18th century)

Place of Publication: Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Focillon 144-395; Hind, Piranesi, pp. 83-84


Overall (each volume): 55 x 42 x 5 cm (21 5/8 x 16 9/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book [4 vols] with 252 etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Rome: Angelo Rotili for Giovanni Bouchard, 1756) Folio, four volumes; [Vol. 1] 36 letterpress leaves, plus 45 plates (some folding, some with two prints per folio); [v. 2] 63 plates (some folding); [v. 3] 54 plates (some folding); [v. 4] 58 plates (some folding); nineteenth-century half gilt-stamped brown calf, marbled paper boards (gilt-stamped brown calf labels on upper covers).

Illustrations of ancient sepulchral monuments with plans, elevations, views, and inscriptions; reconstructed views of engineering methods; portrayals of construction of ancient Roman bridges, theaters, baths, etc.

Rome: Angelo Rotili for Giovanni Bouchard, 1756


George Ticknor, Boston (1791-1871); Miss A. E. Ticknor, Boston, by whom given to MFA, June, 1885.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss A. E. Ticknor