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ROLLIN, Charles (1661--1741)
[Histoire ancienne des Égyptiens. English. Vols 11--13. 1737--39]
The history of the arts and sciences of the antients under the following heads: in four volumes. Vol. I. Agriculture, commerce, architecture, sculpture, painting, musick, the art military. Vol. II. Grammar, philology, rhetorick. Vol. III. Poetry, history, eloquence, philosophy, civil law. Vol. IV. Metaphysics and physics, physic, botany, chymistry, anatomy, mathematics, geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, geography, navigation, and chronology. By Mr. Rollin, ... Translated from the French. Illustrated with fifty-two copper plates, representing the civil and military architecture of the antients, their temples, machines, engines of war, painting, &c.
London: printed for John and Paul Knapton, 1737--1739.
4 vols & plates ; 19.8 cm. (8º)
I [i.e. XI, pt. I]: [24], cxvi, 296 p.
II [i.e. XI, pt. II]: [8], 304 p.
XII: [16], 467, [1] p.
XIII: [12], 374, [2] p.
Plates: XLVIII, [4] pl. ; 25.3 cm. (4º)

Rollin's Histoire ancienne des Égyptiens, des Carthaginois, des Assyriens, des Babyloniens, des Mèdes et des Perses, des Macédoniens, des Grecs was first published in French in 1730--1738 and in English translation as The ancient history of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Greeks, 1734--1739. The complete work consists of 14 volumes, vol. XI being printed in two volumes. This catalogue entry describes volumes XI--XIII of the Soane set of the complete work, volumes I--X of which are in the 4th edition of those volumes only, 1754 (q.v.). The remaining volumes as described here are apparently a mixed set with the first two volumes [i.e. vol. XI, pts 1 and 2] having a general title-page as above in vol. I only, and additional volume title-pages listing the volume contents reading The history of the arts and sciences of the antients, under the following heads: ... Vol. I (II). The third and fourth volumes are apparently supplied from the original 1734--39 edition having collective title-pages dated 1739 (printed in red and black) reading The ancient history of the Egyptians, ... Vol. XII (XIII), and additional volume title-pages reading as above and also dated 1739, but numbered as volumes XII and XIII of the complete work. The plates called for on the title-page and in the 'Directions to the Binder' in the prelims of the first volume (vol. XI.1: I--IX, [2] pl. ; vol. XI.2: [2], XI--XLVIII pl.) are bound separately in the Soane copy. ESTC n17529 (vols I--II), ESTC n16395 (vols XII--XIII).

Copy Notes Bound as volumes XI.1, XI.2--XIII of a set with Rollin's Ancient history of the Egyptians, 4th ed., 1754 (q.v.). Each volume is dated in ink on front pastedown: 1757. The plates are bound separately with a manuscript title-page in ink reading The Plates/ belonging/ to/ Rollin's Antient History. and a [3]-pp. index to the plates, in the same hand. Also inserted after pl. V (and included in the MS. index) is an extraneous copy of the plate 'A View of the City & Port of Alexandria ...' intended for volume I of the complete work, with the imprint line dated October 16, 1738.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 960


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