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The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti.

With translations of many of his Poems and Letters. Also Memoirs of Savonarola, Raphael, and Vittoria Colonna. Second edition.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts., 1858 Stock Code: 133492
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Second edition of this important life of Michelangelo, first published the previous year; Harford included an index and in his new preface notes that he has "added a few interesting anecdotes which came to his knowledge after its publication, and has introduced in the concluding chapter some critical remarks on the nature of Michael Angelo's genius, and on the mode in which his personal character and habits acted upon his works at different periods of his life".

John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866) was a wealthy banker and close friend of William Wilberforce, who "possessed considerable taste in art and literature, and during visits to Paris and other European cities in 181517 laid the foundation of a valuable collection of pictures which adorned the walls of Blaise Castle Henbury, Gloucestershire... During two visits to Italy, in 1846 and 1852, he collected materials for his best-known literary work, the Life of Michael Angelo (1857); he also had a copy of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel made at his own expense" (ODNB).

John S. Hardford was the first biographer to obtain access to the letter, having befriended Cosimo Buonarroti. However, Cosimo "did not permit his friend - or anyone else - to cite or copy them. Harford was only allowed to allude to the content of the letters in general terms" (Parker).

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2 volumes, octavo. Original dark green morocco-grain cloth, gilt lettered spines, ornamental blind panel to covers. pale primrose coated endpapers.


2 portrait frontispieces, 19 plates including three folding.


Manchester bookseller's embossed stamp to front free endpapers, ownership inscription to same of "H. Bannerman, August 1863", possibly Henry Bannerman, Manchester cotton manufacturer. Both volumes cocked, some bumping, wear and chipping to extremities, 1 plate loose in vol. 2; a very good set.


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