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Anatomie du gladiateur combattant, applicable aux Beaux-Arts, ou traité des os, des muscles, du mécanisme des mouvemens, des proportions et des caractères du corps humain.
Paris, chez l'auteur, 1812. Large Folio (59.5 x 44.0 cm). 66 pp., 22 engraved plates, of which 15 printed in two colours. Contemporary green quarter vellum over green marbled boards. Red morocco label with gilt title and borders on the spine.l A very rare work on human anatomy and movement, exemplified by fine, large illustrations of a Roman gladiator, printed in red and black. The author and publisher, Jean-Gilbert Salvage (1770-1813) was a French army doctor. The so-called 'Borgehese warrior' forms the basis of his work. It is a life-size Hellenistic marble sculpture portraying a swordsman, created at Ephesus about 2,100 years ago. "It was found before 1611, in the present territory of Anzio south of Rome, among the ruins of a seaside palace of Nero on the site of the ancient Antium .... From the attitude of the figure it is clear that the statue represents not a gladiator, but a warrior contending with a mounted combatant. In the days when antique sculptures gained immediacy by being identified with specific figures from history or literature ... The sculpture was added to the Borghese collection in Rome. At the Villa Borghese it stood in a ground-floor room named for it, redecorated in the early 1780s by Antonio Asprucci. Camillo Borghese was pressured to sell it to his brother-in-law, Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1807; it was taken to Paris when the Borghese collection was acquired for the Louvre, where it now resides." Apparently Salvage was inspired by seeing the statue in Paris. All the anatomical and osteological renderings were designed by Salvage. Uncut, with the widest possible margins. Armorial bookplate of the Barante library on the front pastedown. Board edges a bit rubbed; cover at spine ends abraded, split in lower rear joint. Except for a few small, inoffensive spots internally clean. A very good copy. Brunet, 6757.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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