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DENON, Dominique Vivant, Baron (1747--1825)
[Monuments des arts du dessin. Advertisement]
Monuments des arts du dessin chez les peuples tant anciens que modernes, recueillis par le baron Vivant Denon, ... pour servir a l'histoire des arts. Lithographiés par ses soins et sous ses yeux; décrits et expliqués par Amaury Duval, ... 4 volumes in-folio, papier vélin, contenant de 310 à 320 planches, le texte imprimé par Firmin Didot. A Paris, chez M. Brunet Denon, rue Sainte-Anne, nº 18. Prix des 4 volumes: 500 fr.
[Paris]: Imprimerie de Firmin Didot, rue Jacob, nº 24, [1829?].
2 p. ; 25.1 cm. (4°)

Single-leaf, drop-head title. Accompanied by a lithographed covering letter (bifolium, conjugate leaf blank), signed Brunet Denon & frere and dated 'Paris, le 21 Mars, 1829' (the day inserted in MS.), explaining that when their uncle died 'en avril 1825, toutes les lithographies de son ouvrage étaient faites et tirées au nombre de 310 à 320 planches pour 250 exemplaires, mais il n'avait fait pour le texte que notes que nous avons trouvées éparses'. As a result Amaury Duval, whom the nephews claim Denon had intended should edit the work, was brought in to complete the task. The letter was sent only to those who had subscribed to the work originally proposed by Denon. Soane however was among those who, in spite of their initial interest, decided against buying the book - one reason at least being suggested by his jotting down on the verso of the letter a quick calculation of the cost, viz. 20:16:0 English Money. Another consideration may have been the fact that Denon's work specifically excluded architecture. On 17 August Brunet Denon made another attempt to interest Soane in the book which was by then available from Mons. A. Alexandre, foreign bookseller, at 37 Great Russell Street. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.76).

Copy Notes Endorsed by Soane in ink as described above, with the date 1829 / May / To subscribe to / Mon. Bar. Denons / Work ... 132 . With envelope addressed to Monsieur Soane / Membre de l'Academie / et professeur D'Architecture, postmarked 'Charing Cross' and date stamped 18 May 1829.

Binding Loose sheets.

Reference Number 2065


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