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    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 218

    THORVALDSEN, Bertel -- MISSIRINI, Melchior (1773-1849). Intera Collezione di Tutte le Opere Inventate e Scolpite dal Cav. Alberto Thorwaldsen. Rome: Pietro Aureli, 1831.

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    THORVALDSEN, Bertel -- MISSIRINI, Melchior (1773-1849). Intera Collezione di Tutte le Opere Inventate e Scolpite dal Cav. Alberto Thorwaldsen. Rome: Pietro Aureli, 1831.

    2 volumes, 2° (405 x 271mm). Text in parallel Italian and French. Engraved portrait frontispiece after F. Garzoli, armorial title vignette, 125 plates, numbered 1-116, bis plates 22, 25, 53, 66, 92, 96, 98 and 3 for 113 (no pl. 34) by Garzoli and A. Banzo, after Thorvaldsen. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary russia, tooled in gilt and blind, marbled endleaves, marbled edges, by Ph. Selenka, with his ticket.

    A splendid copy, reproducing the work of the leading neoclassical sculptor of his day, Thorvaldsen. During the 1830s Thorvaldsen conceived of a museum in his native Denmark to house his models, plasters and collection of paintings by his contemporaries. In 1837, six years after publication of the present work, he gave his collection to Copenhagen, and the museum was opened in 1848. The present copy has an extra bis plate, not called for in the Royal Academy copy. Brunet V, 839. (2)


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