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SEROUX D'AGINCOURT, Jean Baptiste Louis Georges (1730--1814)
Histoire de l'art par les monumens, depuis sa décadence au IVe siècle jusqu'à son renouvellement au XVIe; par J.B.L.G. Seroux D'Agincourt. Ouvrage enrichi de 325 planches. Tome premier. (- sixieme.)
Paris: Treuttel et Würtz, libraires; Strasbourg et Londres, même maison de commerce, 1823.
6 vols ; 52.5 cm. (2º)
I: [4], 10, v, [1], vii, [1], 106, [2], 140, [2] p. : [2] etch. illus., tables
II: [4], 96, [2], 201, [1] p. : [1] engr. illus.
III: [4], 103, [1], 48, 178 p. : [1] wdcut illus.
IV: [8] p., LXIII, XLVIII [i.e. 121] pl.
V: [5], 180--183, [1] p., CXIII pl.
VI: [5], 144--158, [1], 100--109, [2], 204--219, [3] p., CXIV--CCIV [i.e. 91] pl.

Issued in 24 parts, 1810--23. Edited by L. Dufourny, T.B. Éméric-David, and L.F. Feuillet. Includes 'Notice sur la vie et les travaux de J. L. G. Seroux d'Agincourt', by A.E. Gigault de La Salle.Volume 4, p. [6] numbered '106' and p. [8] '50'. The plates in vol. 4 are numbered I--LXXIII (Architecture) and I--XLVIII (Sculpture) and vol. 6 continues the vol. 5 sequence, i.e. pl.CXIV--CCIV (Painting). The irregular pagination was caused by the publishers' decision to rearrange the sheets of the original 24 livraisons before re-issuing them as a complete work in six volumes. Seroux d'Agincourt had died after only a few livraisons of his magnum opus had appeared, and a small team of editors prepared the rest of the manuscript for print (see 'Préface.', vol. 1). For the history and reception of the work see BAL, Early printed books, no. 2978.

Copy Notes Livraisons 3, 4, 5 bought from Boydell & Co. for 12 guineas, 16 August 1811; 10, 11 and 12 bought from Boydell & Co., for 12 guineas, 24 April 1815; livraisons 13, 14 bought from Boydell & Co. for 8 guineas, 30 October 1815; livraisons 15, 16 bought from Boydell & Co. for £3 15s. 8d. (discounted from 4 guineas), 19 March 1816 and 14 January 1817. (Spiers Box. Folder of bills for books purchased from Boydell & Co.; a second bill for livraisons 10, 11, 12 from Boydell & Co., also for 12 guineas and dated 24 April 1815, Archives 7/6/32). Livraison 18 bought from Boydell & Co for £3 15s. 8d., November 1817 on a bill dated 27 October 1817. (Archives 16/12/47). Livraison 24 ('completing the work') bought from Hurst, Robinson & Co. for £3 15s. 6d., 31 May 1823. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.5.10).

Binding Contemporary C19th russia, gilt- and blind-tooled frames and spines, acanthus motif. Six volumes bound as three. T. & W. Boone were paid 10 guineas for binding '6 toms in 3. Royal folio Russa extra Gilt Leaves', 30 June 1823. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.5.5).

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