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WINCKELMANN, Johann Joachim (1717--1768)
[Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums. French. Huber. 1793]
Histoire de l'art chez les anciens, par Winckelmann; traduite de l'allemand; avec des notes historiques et critiques de differens auteurs. ...
A Paris chez H.J. Jansen et Compe., An II. [i.e. 1793 or 1794] -- 1803.
3 vols ; 26.1 cm. (4º)
I: [2], vii--cii, 695, [1], engr. port., XXV pl. : [13] illus.
II: [2], 692 p., engr. frontis., XXXVII pl. : [31] illus.
II, pt.2: [2], 405, [3] p., engr. frontis., III pl. : [12] illus.

The core of this edition is Huber's French edition of 1781 (q.v.) to which are added historical and critical notes by Carlo Fea, editor of the Rome 1783 edition, C.G. Heyne, Anton Rafael Mengs, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich; "Observations sur l'architecture des anciens" written by Winckelmann in 1760 and published in 1762; Paolo Antonio Paoli's "Lettre" on the origin and antiquity of architecture; and B. Rode and A. Riem's essay on ancient painting. Tome I was first published in 1790, and the unsold sheets were issued in late 1793 or 1794 with the original title and dedication leaves cancelled and replaced with the title-leaf described above. The Soane copy as described above lacks the 'Avis' leaf (probably conjugate to the cancel title-leaf) found in some copies of tome I and described in the notes to BAL 3685, apologizing for the delayed publication of tome II and outlining the contents of the proposed tomes III--VIII. However, a copy of this 'Avis' leaf is tipped onto a leaf of paper watermarked '1827' and bound in a collection of pamphlets probably assembled in the early 1830s (PC 58.(9)). The third volume, 'Tome II. Deuxième Partie' was published in 1803 under two variant imprints, the present one reading 'A Paris, Chez Gide, Libraire, ...' and the other being 'A Paris, Chez Bossange, Masson et Besson ...', in conjunction with with a reissue of the first two volumes dated 1802. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3685 (vols I--II) and 3686 (vol. III).

Copy Notes This copy or perhaps more likely the copy of Huber's Leipzig edition (q.v.) was bought from J. Taylor for £1 10s. on 24 February 1806. (Spiers Box).

Binding C19th calf, thick-thin gilt-rule and blind chevron roll-tooled borders and spines, black morocco spine-labels. Uniformly bound with the copy of Winckelmann's Monumens inédits de l'antiquité, 1808--09 (q.v.).

Reference Number 3615


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