3 June 2009
MILLIN DE GRANDMAISON, Aubin Louis (1759-1818). Description des Tombeaux de Canosa. Paris: Pierre Didot l'âiné for C. Wassermann, 1816.
Large 2° (570 x 425mm). Engraved title-vignette, engraved head- and tailpieces, and 14 engraved plates, 4 of these double-page. (Spotting.) Contemporary russia, sides with gilt and blind frame, sprinkled edges.
FIRST EDITION, IN A HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY BINDING. A 'beautifully produced book' (Blackmer) documenting the most striking figurative vases excavated in the necropolis of the ancient city of Canosa. Blackmer 1131; Brunet III, 1723; Cicognara 2684 ('an edition executed with very elegant luxury').
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