Printed book with engraved headpiece illustrations
20 1/2 × 14 15/16 × 2 3/16 in. (52 × 38 × 5.5 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1932
Not on view
This is the second book in Didot's five-part project known as the "Louvre editions" (1798–1816). Situated between The Works of Virgil and The Works of Racine, it marked the pivotal transition in Didot's suite between authors from antiquity and those from modern France. The twelve headpiece illustrations were designed by Charles Percier, who also designed the headpieces in the penultimate installment of Didot's project, La Fontaine's Fables.
Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)Date: ca. 1749–50Medium: Etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite, burnishing; first state of four (Robison)Accession: 37.45.3(27)On view in:Not on view