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Catalogue des Objets Antiques, Marbres, Bronzes - - 1911. 
Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, 1911. Ce n'est pas une √©dition bilingue. Texte en fran√ßais uniquement, pas en anglais. Une volume in 8vo en feuilles sous chemises √† lacets, 48 pp. Aussi avec 12 planches, l√Ęche, non li√©e, 8 en b&n et 4 en couleurs. Bien complet. Ces ouvrages comprennent la collection de objet d'art de Mr. Nelidow, ancient ambassadeur de Russie √† Paris. Notons l'√©tat tr√®s exceptionnellement frais des exemplaires. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in French only, not in English. First edition. Complete in one paperback volume and 12 loose plates in chemise, all in portfolio. Presumed printed and bound by √čdition d' Art ¬®Succes¬®, 18, rue Royale, Paris. The paperback volume is the catalogue for the auction by Galerie Georges Petit. Plain beige paper wrappers, with European style over-wrappers, also in light beige. Dark brown lettering to the front over-wrapper and dark brown design to the rear. Very clean wrappers and over-wrappers, with just a bit of age toning. 10.5 x 8.5 inches. 48 numbered pages detailing 317 lots. The pages are heavy-weight laid stock. A hint of age toning along the edges of all pages. Else an exceptionally clean volume. With XII collotype plates on heavy card stock, as issued. Thus no missing plates. Each plate 10.5 x 8.5 inches. Four of the plates are colored/tinted, the remainder are monochrome. A hint of age toning along the edges of all plates, not into the images themselves. The plates impressively clean and no foxing in evidence. The paperback volume and the loose plates are slipped in to a paper chemise. The chemise has been professionally reinforced with white binder's tape along the spine. The portfolio with cherry red fabric spine and with dark red leatherette hardboards. Front board with black-stamped lettering and gilt-stamped design of a statue of a nude female. The spine is impressively clean. The boards are much rubbed and abraded, especially the rear board. The portfolio retains its original cloth ties, now somewhat age-spotted but quite sturdy. Slipped in is a pristine admission card to the invitation-only preview for May 20, 1911. This item overall Very Good. Rare in any condition. This auction consisted of select marbles, bronzes, ceramics and other art objects from the collection of Aleksandr Nelidov [1836-1910] aka Alexander Nelidow. With thanks to Wikipedia for the following: "Studied at St. Petersburg University. Entered diplomatic service in 1855. Secretary to the Russian embassies at Athens, Munich and Vienna. Councillor to the Russian embassy in Constantinople, 1872. Ambassador to Saxony, 1879. Ambassador to Italy, 1897-1903. Ambassador to France, 1903-1910." This sale at Galerie Georges Petit featured the so-called Alexander Nelidow bronze statuette [Lot 43], also known as Alexander with the Lance, a reference to Alexander the Great. This controversial piece, described in the past as an ancient Roman bronze, may more accurately be said to be a Renaissance statuette. Currently housed at the Fogg Art Museum.. First Edition. Very Good. 4to - over 9¬ĺ" - 12" tall.
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