This is a representative volume of the Library’s complete set of Piranesi’s etched works, bound together in 21 large folio volumes. The Vedute di Roma, displayed in this exhibition, are bound together in volume 8. Published in Paris by Firmin Didot in 1835-39, the 21-volume set was once in the personal Library of Pope Gregory XVI. The volumes are available to researchers in the Special Collections reading room. They were donated by William Doniger in memory of Katherine Dimock Doniger.
The etchings displayed in this exhibition are from an earlier edition on heavy, laid paper (as opposed to wove in the Firmin Didot volumes), donated to Georgetown by a Miss Etta Brent.