Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Vases of the late Sir William Hamilton;
with Engraved Borders. Drawn and Engraved by the late Mr. Kirk.London, published by William Miller, printed by W. Bulmer and Co., 1804 Stock Code: 125592
NotesFirst edition of this selection from d'Hancarville's Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman antiquities from the cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton, 1766-67, and Tischbein's Collection of engravings from ancient vases... in the possession of Sir Wm. Hamilton, 1791-97, the third and last volume of which appeared in 1797, after Kirk's death. Kirk's engravings were expressly intended to make the material in these expensive folio volumes more widely available. The outline style of engraving practised by Kirk had a significant influence on the contemporary domestic design industry, notably the neo-classical designs of Wedgwood.
Quarto (286 x 229 mm). Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, sides with wide gilt borders, spine gilt in compartments between double raised bands, red, white, and blue double headbands, turn-ins gilt all round, pale brown endpapers, gilt edges.
62 engraved plates in two states; numbered and uncoloured; and coloured in black and terracotta, trimmed to the image and mounted by William Kirk, with plain tissue guards. With half-title.
Spine rubbed, an excellent copy in a handsome neoclassical binding, unsigned but in the manner of Kalthoeber.
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