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MILLIN, Aubin-Louis.

Introductions a l'Étude de l'Archéologie, des Pierres Gravées et des Médailles.

Nouvelle Édition, Revue, mise en ordre, avec une table analytique, par B. de Roquefort; Précédée d'une notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de l'auteur, par M. Dacier, et d'un discours préliminaire, par M. Champollion-Figeac.

Paris: Girard, Libraire-Éditeur, 1826 Stock Code: 117619
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First posthumous edition of this essay first published in 1796 as an introduction to the study of ancient monuments.

In this work, Aubin Louis Eleuthérophile Millin de Grandmaison (1759-1818) reviews the various applications of archaeology (which he divides into nine categories: monuments, paintings, sculptures, engravings, mosaics, vases, instruments, medals, and inscriptions), and its purpose, teachings, history, and bibliography.

Vinet acknowledges Millin's proficiency in the matter, but deplores that his work is still "narrow-minded" in that it does not grant much importance to the study of monuments of art, "one of the forms of the human mind," as, for Vinet, "it is monuments that lift the veil antiquity was clad in for so long".

Provenance: ink ownership inscription dated 1828 to half-title; from the collection of British colonial officer and Arabist, Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with his black-letter ink stamp, bookplate to front pastedown noting his wife's bequest of his books to Bath Public Reference Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf marks and blind stamps as usual.

An attractive copy, with an excellent provenance, of Millin's essay on archaeology.

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Description

Octavo (193 x 117 mm). 19th-century "native" dark blue half morocco with Education Society's Press, Bycullah's ticket on rear pastedown, marbled boards, title in gilt on spine, light green endpapers, edges speckled red.

Condition

Slight rubbing to extremities, marginal water staining, fore edge of p.206 sometime reinforced, light toning; a very good copy.

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