3 June 2009
RASPE, Rudolf Erich (1737-1794). A descriptive catalogue of a general collection of ancient and modern engraved gems, cameos as well as intaglios, taken from the most celebrated cabinets in Europe and cast in coloured pastes, white enamel, and sulphur, by James Tassie, modeller. London: Printed for and sold by James Tassie, 1791.
2 volumes, 4° (278 x 219mm). Half-titles in English and French on rectos with English titles to versos, additional titles in French on rectos with versos blank. Titles printed in red and black. Text in English and French. Engraved frontispiece and 58 engraved plates. (Pl. VI & VII with old tape repairs, occasional very light spotting and offsetting.) Contemporary half russia over marbled paper covered baords, marbled endpapers and edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
'Two quarto volumes ... of laborious industry and bibliographical rarity' (Encyclopaedia Britannica). (2)
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