1817-1831 Compositions from the Tragedies of Aeschylus Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod.
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First Edition, Illustrated, Rebound, Very Scarce
'Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod' is a first edition. 'Tragedies of Aeschylus' is a later edition. 'Compositions from the Tragedies of Aeschylus' was designed by John Flaxman, engraved by Thomas Prioli and Frank Howard, and published by 'Mifs Flaxman, & Mifs Maria Denman' in 1831. Collated, complete with 36 monochromatic plates. 'Compositions from the Works Days and Theogony of Hesiod' was designed by John Flaxman, engraved by William Blake and published by Longman Hurst, Reese, Orme & Brown in 1817. Collated, complete with 37 monochromatic plates. Containing a number of Flaxman's classical compositions, accompanied with excerpts from the various works of Aeschylus and Hesiod in English translation. John Flaxman was an English sculptor, illustrator, designer, and leading artist of the Neoclassical style in Britain and Europe. Flaxwell is best remembered for iconic flat, clean and linear style employed within his book illustrations that contributed much to the spread of Neoclassicism in England. Due to the popularity and vast influence of this style Flaxwell was commissioned by notable names such as Georgiana Hare-Naylor, Thomas Hope and Lady Spencer to design illustrations for the works of a variety of classical authors and poets, including Aeschylus and Hesiod, as seen within this copy.
In a half morocco binding with marbled paper boards. Externally, generally smart. Rubbed to extremities and head and tail of spine resulting in slight loss to leather. Slight rubbing to joints. Marbled paper to front and rear board rubbed and slightly worn at joint. Small loss to marbled paper, lower extremity, rear board. Small handling mark to front board. Front hinge split, slightly showing chords but very firm. Marbled endpapers. Ink inscription by prior owner to second front free-endpaper. Pencil inscription by prior owner to second front free-endpaper, dated '1963'. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with spotting, heavier to the occasional page. Occasional handling mark. Small hole to rear endpaper.
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