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Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Vases
1804. First Edition . HAMILTON, William. Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Vases of the Late Sir William Hamilton; with Engraved Borders Drawn and Engraved by the late Mr. Kirk. London: William Miller, 1804. Quarto, 20th-century three-quarter calf, raised bands, original leather label, marbled boards and edges. $1800.First edition, with 62 fine engravings of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan vases, with accompanying text describing illustrations as well as characters portrayed.Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), ""one of the first Englishmen who collected and appreciated Greek vases,"" sold his collection of vases to the British Museum in 1772 ""form[ing] the groundwork of the present department of Greek and Roman Antiquities"" (DNB VIII: 1108-09). Hamilton resumed collecting in 1787 after having renounced it in 1772. His first collection is described in D'Hancarville's Antiquites etrusques, grecques et romains, 1766-7; the second collection is presented in W. Tischbein's Collection of Engravings from Greek Vases, 1791. The Outlines brings together selections from the two previously published works. Illustrations of Hamilton's vases influenced the works of Josiah Wedgwood. Lowndes II: 989. Contemporary owner signatures and inscriptions on half title and title page.Text and plates clean and bright. A beautiful production.
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