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First editions in English, 6 volumes, 8vo & 4to, numerous illustrations, one or two leaves browned, occasional foxing, old library label to front pastedowns, uniform later half turquoise morocco, spines gilt in compartments,top edges gilt, a fine set.£8,500
Folio (57.5 x 44.2 cm), chromolithographic additional title, hand-coloured tinted lithographic frontispiece and 30 hand-coloured plates by Lemoine, Lehnert, Mouilleron, Le Roux and others after Prisse d'Avennes, printed by Lemercier, all mounted on card and loose as issued, titled in pencil below image. Letterpress title, dedication, plate list and 60 pp. of descriptive text by St. John with 35 wood-engraved illustrations, original plain wrappers. Original morocco-backed portfolio with gilt-lettered morocco cover label, rebacked, flaps with morocco renewed, new ties, minor wear to card edges and corners, old waterstain to end leaves, portfolio covers rubbed and a little worn, plates clean and fresh, an excellent copy.£40,000
LEFEBVRE, Charlemagne Théophile.Voyage en Abyssinie execute pendant les annees 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843 par une commission scientifique.
First edition, 3 atlases bound in 2 vols; folio; 203 plates plates comprising: [Album Historique, Ethnologique et Archéologique] large folding map mounted on linen, 59 lithographed plates (3 of which are folding) most coloured, part-coloured or tinted bound with [Album Zoologie:] 40 hand-coloured engraved plates of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, and insects, separately bound [Atlas Botanique:] 103 engraved plates, some light foxing throughout; half green morocco over green cloth boards, gilt title blind stamped to covers, spine gilt ruled with title and tooling, a fine copy.£22,500
First edition. 2 volumes, 4to, folding engraved map and 66 engraved plates (2 hand-coloured, 6 double-page), illustrations in text, uncut in original grey boards, original paper labels, neat extensive restoration to spines, an excellent set.£3,000
Four volumes folio (53 x 40.5 cm). Vol. I: pp. iv ('Prefazione' and 'Imprimatur' leaf dated '25 Gennaro 1756' with list of Piranesi's publications verso), pp.(iv) Avviso al publico. 25 Augusto 1756. pp.(ii) Milord. Febbraio 1757.pp.40, pp. xi ('Spiegazione' and 'Osservazioni'), pp.iii ('Indice, O Sia Spiegazione'), pp.iv ('Indice'), pp.iii ('Indice'), pp.(ii) ('Repertorio'). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Piranesi by Polanzani, printed title, engraved double-page dedication plate with text 'Utilitati Publicae' (second state after the removal of 'Lord Charlemont'), Piranesi's text and 44 engraved plates plus 1 map, of which 5 are double-page, 1 large folding plate on two sheets, 2 folding plates on 1 sheet and 30 single page plates with two images;
Vol. II: engraved title, engraved double-page frontispiece and engraved list of subjects and 60 engraved plates, numbered I - LXIII (including title, frontispiece and list of subjects), of which 44 are double-page and one large double-page folding plate on 2 sheets;
Vol. III: engraved title and engraved double-page frontispiece and 52 plates, numbered I - LIV (including title and frontispiece), of which 42 are double-page and one large double-page folding plate on 2 sheets (four plates are by Girolamo Rossi and one by an anonymous artist);
Vol. IV: engraved title, engraved double-page frontispiece and engraved list of subjects and 57 plates.
Sheet size (double-page): c.725 x 520 mm (or the reverse). Watermarks examined include the shiled with sword and fleur-de-lys (Robison 61), a fleur-de-lys with initials (Robison 20 / 21), a fleur-de-lys within a single circle (Robison 18 / 19) however the majority of those present appear to be the fleur-de-lys within a double circle (Robison 33 / 35).
Full contemporary polished calf, rebacked, boards with triple-ruled borders and floral corner pieces in gilt, banded spines with gilt tooling and black leather label with gilt title in nine compartments, turn-ins tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Repairs to edges and corners. An excellent example.£85,000
Large folio (51.8 x 38.7cm.), 3 volumes in one, half-title, engraved frontispiece, titles printed in red and black with engraved vignette, engraved frontispiece to dedication, engraved portrait of the author by Vermeulen after Le Blon, double-page engraved map, engraved illustrations, woodcut initials, 146 engraved plates (46+50+50), one double-page.
[WITH] BARBAULT, Jean. Vues des Plus Beaux Restes des Antiquités Romaines telles quelles subsistent encore à Rome et en Divers Endroits de l'Italie... I (-II) cahier. Rome: Boucher & Gravier, 1770, 2 parts in one, titles printed in red and black, 30 engraved plates (15+15), without parts 3-5.
Together 5 parts in one volume, contemporary catspaw calf, gilt fillet border, spine gilt in compartments.£3,500
First edition, folio (35.5 x 23 cm. approx.), xv, [i], 442, [ii], 60, [viii], [ii], xvi, 112pp., title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, 11 engraved maps and plans (incl. 6 folding, 2 double-page), 1 prospect, 20 engraved plates on 17 leaves (3 leaves have plates on rectos and versos), one folding table and one page of engraved music, other illustrations in text; contemporary calf gilt mottled in red and black, spine gilt with golden fleece motif, title with two small holes in vignette, rebacked retaining original spine, an excellent example.£2,000
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.Opere varie di architettura, prospettive, grotteschi, antichita; Carceri d'invenzione; Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto; Antichita Romane de' Tempi della Republica.
Four works in one volume, large folio (53 x 39.5 cm). Opere varie: title printed in red and black with engraved vignette (Robison's second issue), Prima Parte, second edition, second issue, engraved frontispiece, and 16 plates, complete; 10 plates on 5 sheets from the Opere Varie [Wilton-Ely 45-50]; Two single plates: Pianta di ampio magnifico Collegio: A single plate, third state (of seven). [Robison 25] & Parte di ampio magnifico Porto: A single plate, fourth state (of eight). [Robison 26]. These 2 plates are here unnumbered, for later versions of the 1761 issue these plates have numbers added. (see Hind pg. 81); Grotteschi: 4 plates. Second or third states, [Robison 21 - 24]. Carceri: Second edition, second Issue. double-page engraved title, and 15 double-page plates (numbered II-XVI). Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto. First edition. Rome: G.G. Salmoni, 1753, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, and 8 (of 9) unnumbered plates, 4 double-page, lacking one plate (the view of the Castello), title spotted. Antichita Romane de' Tempi della Republica. First edition, (1748), 30 engraved plates (including 2 titles, dedication, and 2 plates of inscriptions), eighteenth-century half calf, marbled boards, neat repairs to joints and extremities, a very handsome collection.£125,000
[EROTICA - FAMIN, César].Musee Royal de Naples, peintures, bronzes et statues erotiques du cabinet secret,
4to (30 x 23 cm). Half-title, title, pp. , xxx, 159, 60 hand-coloured plates engraved by A. Delvaux and protected by tissue guards; foxing to text, only light and marginal to plates. Later red half straight-grained morocco gilt.£2,500