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Friedrich von Gärtner (1791-1847)

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Friedrich von Gärtner (1791-1847)

VUES DES PRINCIPAUX MONUMENTS GRECS DE LA SICILE. 1819

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Friedrich von Gärtner (1791-1847) Vues des principaux monuments grecs de la Sicile. 1819 GAERTNER, Friedrich von (1791-1847). Vues des principaux monuments grecs de la Sicile. Ansichten der am meisten erhaltenen griechischen Monumente Siziliens. Munich: J. G. Zeller, 1819. First edition of this monumental work, an incunable of lithography, with the largest images hitherto produced by that printing process. Gaertner made the trip to Sicily in 1816 and presented the drawings to the Münchner Akademie a year later. The plates show views of Greek monuments in Sicily in splendid impressions, using a yellow ochre tint. 'The views in this work illustrate the antiquities in Agrigentum, Taormina etc., together with plans and diagrams' (Blackmer). Blackmer 653; Ornamentstichkat. Bln. 1913. Oblong elephant folio (578 x 790mm). 2 lithographic titles in French and German, 10 tinted lithographic plates, 6 plans, and 4 leaves of letterpress text in French and German (French title faintly spotted in right-hand margin, a couple of other scattered spots to a few plates, plans more heavily spotted, first two plates with very minor old marginal repairs on verso faint vertical fold crease to whole). Modern red half morocco to style with red morocco gilt label on upper board.
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