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Herculanum et Pompei; Recueil General des Peintures, Bronzes, Mosaiques, etc.

By H. Roux Aine and M. L. Barre

1840 - Paris - Librairie De firmin-Didot Freres

10.5" by 7"

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A scarce set of archaeological works, exploring the many mosaiques, antiquities and buildings unearthed in the lost ancient cities of both Herculanum and Pompei; adorned with many beautifully engraved plates.

Pompeii along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, were mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Written in French.

Volumes one to seven of the original eight.

V. I. Peintures, Premiere serie:Decorations architecturales

V. II. Peintures, Deuxieme serie:Compositions de plusieurs figures

V. III. Peintures, Deuxieme et Cinquieme series:Tableaux, Paysages

V. IV. Peintures, Troisieme serie:Figures isolees

V. V. Peintures, Quatrieme et Sixie`me series:Frises, Mosaiques

V. VI. Bronzes, Premiere serie:Statues

V. VII. Bronzes, Deuxieme et Troisieme series: Bustes, Lampes

After thick layers of ash covered the two towns, they were abandoned and eventually their names and locations were forgotten. The first time any part of them was unearthed was in 1599, when the digging of an underground channel to divert the river Sarno ran into ancient walls covered with paintings and inscriptions. Herculaneum was properly rediscovered in 1738 by workmen digging for the foundations of a summer palace for the King of Naples, Charles of Bourbon. Pompeii was rediscovered as the result of intentional excavations in 1748 by the Spanish military engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre.These towns have since been excavated to reveal many intact buildings and wall paintings. Charles of Bourbon took great interest in the findings even after becoming king of Spain because the display of antiquities reinforced the political and cultural power of Naples.

Featuring one-hundred and twelve leaves of plates to volume one; ninety to volume two; eighty-eight to volume three; one-hundred and twenty-three to volume four; ninety-two to volume five, including a beautifully hand-coloured plate, and one that is folding; one-hundred and ten to volume six; and one-hundred and twenty-two to volume seven. Collated complete- where collation is available, which is to all aside volume one.

 CONDITION

In contemporary paper covered binding, with calf spine labels. Externally, all volumes are rubbed, with wear to the extremities and boards. Sunning and chipping to the head and tail of the spines, as well as damp staining to the spines of all volumes, aside from two. Small ink marks to the front board of volume five, and loss to volume two's spine label. Slight straining to the front hinge of volume seven. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound, although with some leaves working loose to volume five and two.  All volumes are bright, although with light instances of background foxing throughout. Some leaves are uncut and there is marginal tide marks to volume two. Overall: GOOD

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