• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 261

    OVID (43 B.C.-17 A.D.). Les Métamorphoses. Paris: [Prault for] Leclerc (vols.I-II), Delalain (vol.III), and Hochereau (vol.IV), 1767-71. 4 vols., 4° (255 x 190mm). Parallel text in French and Latin, half-titles. Additional engraved title, engraved dedication, and 140 plates after Eisen, Boucher, Gravelot, Moreau, Choffard and others, engraved headpieces (some browning and occasional spotting). Contemporary mottled calf gilt, gilt edges (extremities rubbed, some joints starting, some caps chipped). Provenance: Klostermann, St. Petersburg bookseller (printed ticket).

    Price Realised  

    OVID (43 B.C.-17 A.D.). Les Métamorphoses. Paris: [Prault for] Leclerc (vols.I-II), Delalain (vol.III), and Hochereau (vol.IV), 1767-71. 4 vols., 4° (255 x 190mm). Parallel text in French and Latin, half-titles. Additional engraved title, engraved dedication, and 140 plates after Eisen, Boucher, Gravelot, Moreau, Choffard and others, engraved headpieces (some browning and occasional spotting). Contemporary mottled calf gilt, gilt edges (extremities rubbed, some joints starting, some caps chipped). Provenance: Klostermann, St. Petersburg bookseller (printed ticket).

    A SUPERB WORK (Cohen), and 'a high point among illustrated books of the eighteenth century' (Ray). Cohen-de Ricci 769; Ray, French, 62a. (4)


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