Antiquités etrusques grecs et romaines.
Gravées par F. A. David. Avec leurs explications.Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1785 Stock Code: 147381
Volumes one and two (of five) of the second edition, the first with plates by Francois-Anne David (1724-1824), first printed in Naples in 1766-67 in a folio edition of 500 copies. The work had a profound influence on Josiah Wedgwood, and was one of the earliest influences in the neo-classical revival that swept England and the continent in the 18th century.
This edition, more accessible than its predecessor, was prepared with artists and designers in mind. Complete sets are very difficult to find, especially in contemporary bindings, and single volumes are still sought after for their plates.
2 volumes, octavo (195 x 112 mm). Contemporary red quarter morocco, spines lettered in gilt, red paper-covered sides.
With frontispieces, 73 plates in vol. I and 72 plates in vol. II, many with hand-colouring.
Inscription to front pastedown of vol. I. Bound without half-titles, pp. 33-56 of vol. II supplied in contemporary manuscript. Sides rubbed though spines fresh, corners worn with top corner of rear cover of vol. I repaired, some light peripheral staining to contents, some pages and plates bound out of sequence; good copies.
Brunet II, 536.
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