3 June 2009
RAOUL-ROCHETTE, Désiré (1789-1854). Monumens Inédits d'Antiquité Figurée, Grecque, Étrusque et Romaine. Part I [all published]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1833.
2° (514 x 333mm). 93 lithographic and engraved plates, one of which hand-coloured and 4 colour-printed, lithographic and engraved vignettes, one of which hand-coloured. (Spotting.) Contemporary russia, sides panelled in gilt and blind incorporating a scrolling-tool border, marbled edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of a comprehensive study of the iconography of the myths of Achilles, Orestes and Odysseus. Complete with all the supplemental plates called for on the list of plates and uncommon thus; the Blackmer copy lacked plate 2 (see Sotheby's, 12 October 1989, lot 944). Raoul-Rochette's deep appreciation of his material was widely admired; the Nouvelle Biographie Générale remarks that 'his clear and nuanced speech, [and] his broad erudition, attracted constantly an elite audience' (p.464). Brunet IV, 1106; Garcia y Garcia, Nova bibliotheca Pompeiana, 11542; Lipperheide Bc14.
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