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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1241

Philip Hofer collection of Piranesi Vedute di Roma etchings


Collection of etchings by Piranesi from the series Vedute di Roma and Antichitae Romane


  • circa 1742-1784

Language of Materials

Collection material is in Italian

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection/a portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Collection includes etchings (with some extra impressions) by Piranesi from the series "Vedute di Roma and "Antichità Romane de'Tempi della Repubblica. Antchità romane fuori di roma disegnate ed incise da Giambat'ta Piranesi, architetto veneziano", parts I and II; and incomplete vol. 5 of "Opere varie di Architectura, prospettive, groteschi, antichità", with missing cover; title pages and frontispiece of later publications of Piranesi's etchings. Collection also includes title page by Antonio Acquaroni of "Rome: Pantheon Collosseum, Forum Romanum, Pyramid, Trajans Column".

Reference numbers provided for some prints according to Hind, Arthur Mayger, 1880-1957. "Giovanni Battista Piranesi : a critical study, with a list of his published works and detailed catalogues of the prisons and the views of Rome" and Henri Focillon. "Giovanni-Battista Piranesi: Essai de Catalogue Raisonné de son Oeuvre".

Biographical / Historical

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italian artist famous by his etchings of Rome. Vedute di Roma and Antichitae Romana created in his print workshop in Rome were among his most famous series of prints.

Philip Hofer (1898-1984) was a book collector, founder and curator of Department of printed and graphic arts at Houghton Library. His collection of Italian books was considered finest outide of Italy.


Material is arranged alphabetically by title of prints

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2019

Hofer, Philip, 1894-1984, collector. Philip Hofer collection of Piranesi Vedute di Roma etchings, 1742-1784 (MS Typ 1241): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 February 28
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Repository Details

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