3 June 2009
LABORDE, Alexandre de, Count (1774-1842). Collection des vases grecs de Mr. le Comte de Lamberg. Paris: Didot l'âiné, 1813-1824.
2 volumes, 2° (570 x 435mm). Half-titles. Hand-coloured aquatint title in vol.1, colour-printed title-vignette in vol.2, together 156 colour-printed aquatint plates printed on 106 sheets, some finished by hand, 31 colour-printed aquatint head- and tailpieces, some finished by hand. (Some mostly marginal spotting.) Contemporary green morocco, sides panelled in gilt with broad floral gilt frame, gilt edges, pink glazed endpapers (extremities lightly rubbed, sides lightly scuffed).
FIRST EDITION. A SUPERBLY PRINTED WORK IN A FINE BINDING. 'The precious pieces [in this collection] are shown here with remarkable precision' (Brunet). The count of Lamberg, ambassador to the King of Naples, assembled a remarkable collection of about 500 vases including some given to him by the Queen of Naples. Laborde, mindful of faults in the illustrations of the famous Hamilton catalogues, was intent on producing an even finer book, and rendering the objects with 'extreme fidelity' (I, p.ix). Quérard notes: 'this work deserves particular attention for its fine execution. It was attempted as much as possible to present facsimiles, so to speak, of the vases, with all the colours and figures that can be seen on these precious pieces'. Blackmer 928; Brunet III, 714; Quérard IV, 343. (2)
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