London, South Kensington
3 October 2006
CLERISSEAU, Charles Louis (1722-1820). Antiquités de la France. Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, sold by the author, Mr Poulleau, and Mr. Joullain, 1778. Part I only [all published], 2° (564 x 420mm). Half title, 42 engraved plates, inculding 12 double-page (occasional light spotting). Contemporary tree calf gilt, gilt armorial of the Dukes of Newcastle on sides, flat spine gilt in compartmanets, lettering-piece (spine and small part of covers lighty sunfaded, spine quite rubbed, a few scuff marks). Provenance: Dukes of Newcastle (armorial).
FIRST EDITION, the second and last edition was published in 1806. After spending nearly 20 years in Italy, Clérisseau, a French architect, archeologist and painter, returned to France in 1767. He then began his long planned study of the Roman ruins in southern France. He, however, only produced volume I, on Nimes. Brunet II, 106.
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