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RECUEIL DE PIÈCES INTERESSANTES ...
Recueil de pièces intéressantes concernant les antiquités, les beaux-arts, les belles lettres, et la philosophie; traduites de différentes langues. Tome premier (- cinquième.).
A Paris chez H.J. Jansen et comp[agni]e, imprimeurs-libraires, l'an 2 ... [= 1793 or 4].
5 vols ; 19.7 cm. (8º)
I: viii, 389, [3] p., [1] fold. map
II: [4], 411, [5] p., VII pl.
III: [4], 445, [1] p., VIII pl.
IV: [4], 472 p., IX--XXIII [i.e. 15] pl.
V: [6], 502, XXIV--XXXIV [i.e. 11] pl.

Imprint of vol. III reads: A Paris: chez Barrois, l'aíné; à Strasbourg: à la libraire Académique; à La Haye: chez Van Cleef, 1788. The 'Approbation' in vol. I is dated 27 August 1787. This is a reissue of a collection intended by the editors to be published quarterly along the lines of the Journal Étranger. Five volumes appeared in 1787--1788, and were also issued as Conservatoire des sciences et des arts with the undated Paris imprint of Deterville (priority of issue unknown); they also appear with the imprint as in vol. III, making the Soane copy possibly a mixed set. A sixth volume was added in 1796. The contents are mostly translated from the English and from the German by H.J. Jansen and Kruthoffer. The engraved map in vol. I is by Christoph Gottlieb von Murr from Martin Behaim's world map of 1492, 1778. The plates in vol. II are unsigned and are chiefly of sepulchres; those in vols III--V form a series of theatrical gestures and postures, accompanying Johann Jakob Engel's letters on the subject, and are signed by Jacques-Louis Copia.

Copy Notes Bought from T. & W. Boone for 15s. on 30 April 1830. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.2). Armorial bookplate of Richard Chase Sidney.

Binding C19th half green morocco, green-paper boards, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3776


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