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FRENCH ILLUSTRATED BOOK). ANACREON, SAPPHO, BION AND MOSCHUS
OEUVRES]. TRADUCTION NOUVELLE EN PROSE, SUIVIE DE LA VEILLE DES FÊTES DE VÊNUS, ET D'UN CHOIX DE PIÈCES DE DIFFÊRENS AUTEURS
Paris: Chez Le Boucher, 1773. First Edition with these Illustrations. 214 x 136 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). 2 p.l., iv, 280 pp. (without "Héro et Léandre," as usual).Translated by Julien Jacques Moutonnet de Clairfons. LOVELY RED MOROCCO, GILT, BY CHAMBOLLE-DURU (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with French fillet border, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with rose sprig at center, curling floral cornerpieces, gilt titling, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece and 25 charming and delicate engraved illustrations by Jean Massard after Charles Eisen. Cohen-de Ricci 79; Brunet I, 254; Graesse I, 113. For the binding: Flety 40. Lower half-inch of joints just starting to show wear, three minor stains and one short scratch to upper board, but a fine and pretty copy, the text fresh and smooth, with deep impressions of the type, with rich impressions of the engravings, with ample margins, and with a lustrous binding. This is a very attractive copy of the first printing of an anthology of French versions of classical poetry, described by Cohen-de Ricci as "one of the most elegantly illustrated books of the 18th century." Charles Eisen (1720-78) was Louis XV's court painter as well as drawing master to Madame de Pompadour. Bryan says that "almost all the important books published in France in his time contain his exquisite plates," which "he engraved with a light point and with striking originality." He "took his inspirations direct from nature, but add[ed] something of the ideal, after the manner of Watteau and Boucher." The text … [Click Below for Full Description]
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