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LES EDIFICES ANTIQUES DE ROME dessines et mesures tres exactement par Antoine Desgodetz Architecte.
Paris Chez Jean Baptiste Coignard Imprimneur du Roy 1682 - FIRST EDITION 1682, French text, folio, approximately 420 x 280 mm, 16½ x 11 inches, handsome title page with large floral border, drawn and engraved by Desgodetz, 137 copper engravings, of which 21 are double page and the rest single page, engraved from the drawings of Desgodets by various French engravers, many of the singles have text on reverse, 2 engraved pictorial headpieces, 2 large historiated initials, pages: (14), 323, (1), the plates are included in the pagination, bound in full modern panelled calf, narrow decorative gilt border to covers, decorative blind stamped panelling, 6 raised gilt bands to spine, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, new endpapers. A few pale fox spots to margins of prelim pages and to margins of a couple of plates and their facing text pages, faint browning to edges of one or two plates, occasional offsetting from plates onto facing text. A very good clean bright copy. The work was commissioned by and is dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a French politician who served as the Minister of Finances of France from 1665 to 1683 under the rule of King Louis XIV. Desgodets (1653–1728) provided with this major work detailed engravings of the monuments and antiquities of Rome to serve French artists and architects. Brunet, II, 625. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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