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D'HANCARVILLE, Baron [Pierre-Francois Hugues]; HAMILTON, Sir William.

Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities,

from the Cabinet of the Hon. W. Hamilton his Britannick Maiesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Naples.

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Naples, François Morelli, 1766

First edition of this luxurious and richly illustrated publication, of which only 100 complete sets were produced.

The collection was assembled by Hamilton after his appointment to the court of Naples in 1764. Pierre François Hugues, an authority on ancient art, had introduced Hamilton to the Porcinari family, the owners of a large collection of ancient classical vases which Hamilton bought and enlarged, and then sold to the British Museum in 1772. Before their shipment of England, all the objects were listed, drawn and described under the supervision of the brilliant but unscrupulous 'baron' The work was finely illustrated with hand-coloured engraved plates whose 'influence on neo-classical design and taste was to be profound' (Dictionary of Art). One of the explicit aims of the work was to discover the proportions of ancient vases in order to aid in their true reproduction, and indeed its influence on Josiah Wedgewood was significant. With

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First edition, 4 vols; folio (46 x 35.5 cm); 8 hand-coloured engraved titles, 4 engraved leaves of dedication, etched initials and head and tail pieces, 437 etched and engraved plates (of which 182 hand-coloured, 77 double-page or folding), last plate in Vol. III with minor worming, occasional minor spotting or offsetting, a few plates slightly shaved, text in French and English in Vols I-II, English engraved title in Vol. III with repairs to verso; handsome modern red morocco to style by Aquarius, green morocco spine labels; a fine set.


Blackmer 845 (435 plates); Cohen-De Ricci 474; Berlin Kat 890.

Stock ID:102271

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