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FRIEDEL, Adam de.

[The Greeks

Twenty-four portraits of the principal leaders & personages who have made themselves most conspicuous in the Greek Revolution, from the commencement of the struggle].

Stock Code
101372
London and Paris, Adam de Friedel, 1827
£13,500

The finest portraits published of the Greek Heroes and a cornerstone of any collection of Greek material. There were numerous editions of this work (first published in 1824) and as the edition went on the portraits become more 'refined' and less primitive in manner. This work was never issued with a title-page or text. The title only appeared on the part wrappers.

According to Blackmer there appears to be some confusion as to Friedel's origins. It is thought he was Danish and that he travelled through Greece from 1821-24 and at some point met up with Lord Byron. There is a letter of introduction from Byron introducing Friedel to the Greek Committee in existence. Scarce.

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Description

Folio (46.5 x 34 cm), 24 hand-coloured lithographed plates and 2 monochrome proof plates on india paper, colour plates captioned in French and English, all portraits dated 1827, contemporary green polished half calf over marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece, upper cover with green morocco lettering panel, 1 plate (Madon) with short marginal tear, rather worn and rubbed.

Bibliography

Blackmer 633; not in Abbey.

Stock ID:101372

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