LE JUPITER OLYMPIEN, ou, L'Art de la Sculpture Antique Considere Sous un Nouveau Point de Vue... Un Essai sur le Gout de la Sculpture Polychrome..
Quatremere de Quincy, Antoine C.
Price: 6,000.00 USD
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1814. Tall folio (19-1/2"). (2),xxv,(1),458pp. plus 32 plates (frontispiece plus 31 numbered plates in the text) of which 20 are hand colored. With the half-title. Original red paper covered boards (cartonnage rouge). Black morocco spine label. Hinges a bit rubbed, and occasional light foxing, but a beautiful copy. This is the first issue with the 1814 title; the second has an 1815 dated title. An important study of ancient Greek sculpture, specifically those idols composed of or adorned with gold & ivory, 500-430 B.C. A magnificent work printed in an edition of only 160 copies (150 on paper and 10 on vellum). See Blackmer 1367 and the Blackmer sale catalog #934, with a color plate at p. 410; Cicognara 285; Brunet IV, 1003 ("un executien magnifique"); Graesse V, 520. First Edition. Near fine.