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Gemmarum antiquarum delectus; ex præstantioribus desumptus, quæ in dactyliothecus Ducis Marlburiensis conservantur. Vol. I. (II.) Choix de pierres antiques gravées, du cabinet du Duc de Marlborough. Tom. I. (II.)
[London?]: [1780, 1791].
2 vols ; 40.4 cm. (2°)
I: [108] p., L pl.
II: [108], L pl.

Parallel title and text in Latin and French. Latin text in vol. I by Jacob Bryant with French translation by P.H. Maty; in vol. II Latin text by William Cole, translation by L. Dutens. (ESTC attributes the French translation to Francesco Bartolozzi after Giovanni Battista Cipriani.) The work was privately printed by the 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739--1817) in 100 sets for private distribution. The title-page gives no place or date of publication; the dates 1780 and 1791 are given by M.H. Story-Maskelyne, The Marlborough Gems (London 1870), p. [v]. See J. Sinkankas, Gemology an annotated bibliography (Metuchen, N.J., 1993), no. 4213. ESTC t147757.

Copy Notes Soane considered selling this or another copy no longer in his library to his patron, the 2nd Marquis (later 1st Duke) of Buckingham, for £70 in 1821--22. (Priv. Corr. XIII.C.3.64). A very fine copy of / the Marlborough Gems 2 Vols folio, bound by C. Lewis was offered for Soane's inspection in an ALs from W. Pickering dated Chancery Lane / March 31. 1835, where it is noted that when the work has occurred in public / sales it has brought as high a price / as £204.15. - the price I ask is / only £63. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.145). The publisher and bookseller William Pickering (1796--1854) established premises at 57 Chancery Lane in 1823. However, Soane was evidently content with the copy he already possessed as only the present copy with the engraved binder's ticket 'Bound By / C. Smith' on vol. I front free-endpaper is in his library.

Binding C19th olive green straight-grain morocco, thick and double gilt-ruled borders with corner rosettes, gilt-ruled and tooled spines, gilt fore-edges. Bound by C. Lewis.

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