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WINCKELMANN, Johann Joachim (1717--1768)
[Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums. French. Huber. 1781]
Histoire de l'art de l'antiquité par M. Winckelmann traduite de l'Allemand par M. Huber. Tome premier. (... second, troisieme.)
A Leipzig chez l'auteur et chez Jean Gottl. Imman. Breitkopf, 1781.
3 vols ; 25.2 cm. (4º).
I: [6], CLXXXVIII, 212 p., engr. frontis. : [13] illus.
II: [2], 376 p. : [21] illus.
III: [2], 366, [2] p. : [17] illus.

Winckelmann's most important work, Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums, the detailed and systematic account of ancient art on which he had been working since 1756, was first published in Dresden in 1764. The first French translation by G. Sellius was published in Paris and Amsterdam in 1766. The improved French translation by Michael Huber (1727--1804) published in 1781 is preceded by a lengthy account of the life and works of Winckelmann by the translator. Another edition of this translation appeared in Yverdon, 1784 (q.v.), and another new French edition, revised and enlarged, began to appear in Paris in 1793 (q.v.). The illustrations are engraved title vignettes, head- and tail-pieces.

Copy Notes This is probably the copy bought from J. Taylor for £1 10s. on 24 February 1806. (Spiers Box). Volume II, on the art of the Greeks, inscribed in pencil with several marginal notes, possibly in Soane's hand, and marginal marks of emphasis.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt thick-thin double-rule borders and spine. Three volumes bound in one, almost certainly by Peter Low, from whom a bill survives for binding a copy of 'Histoire de la Antiquité 3 Vols in one hollow back do [i.e. Russia]' for 12s., 14 April 1806. (Spiers Box).

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