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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 181

    WINCKELMANN, Johann Joachim (1717-1768). Monumenti antichi inediti spiegati ed illustrati. Seconda edizione aggiuntovi alcune erudite addizioni [with supplement by Stefano Raffei]. Rome: Carlo Mordacchini, 1821.

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    WINCKELMANN, Johann Joachim (1717-1768). Monumenti antichi inediti spiegati ed illustrati. Seconda edizione aggiuntovi alcune erudite addizioni [with supplement by Stefano Raffei]. Rome: Carlo Mordacchini, 1821.

    3 volumes including supplement, 2° (449 x 283mm). Vols. I-II with 208 numbered engraved plates on 127 sheets, engraved title vignettes, 10 head- and tailpieces. Vol. I with half-title. Vol. II in four parts with three title-pages, the first part bound with vol. I. Supplement with 17 engraved plates. (**1 in vol. I holed with slight loss to two lines on verso, a3 of vol. III with internal tear.) Contemporary Italian blue patterned boards, vols. I-II with orange paper spine labels, uncut (extremities worn).

    CLEAN, UNCUT COPY of the second edition, the first to include the Jesuit Stefano Raffei's seven essays on ancient sculpture in the collection of Cardinal Albani and elsewhere. Winckelmann regarded this work, originally published in the spring of 1767, as the culmination of his scholarly career. He was murdered in mysterious circumstances about a year later, and by 1821 (according to the publisher's prefatory note) his book had become both difficult to obtain and expensive. Contrary to Winckelmann, Raffei provides dimensions, and comments on materials and state of preservation. He establishes whether an object has been restored and notes whenever the representation is misleading (see Tracing Architecture p. 26). Vinet 1452. (3)


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