[paris]: [A. A. Renouard], [circa 1806-1812]. Item #2453
Quarter leather over marbled boards, red morocco title label, gilt on front board. 9 1/4" x 14 1/4". The leaves measure 8 3/4" x 13 1/4" and the plate impression is 7 1/2" x 10 3/8". 207 leaves of copper plate engravings, each hand colored. Book good: covers detached with portions of backstrip perished; plates near fine or better with occasional light foxing in the margin, and a few where foxing affects the image. A lovely color plate book with over 200 copper plate engravings, all vividly hand colored, depicting the peoples, places, clothing, weaponry, ships and more from antiquity through the middle ages. This is the atlas volume of De Spallart's multi volume work. Worthy of a rebind, or as a breaker for those who deal in prints. A contemporary review gives the best description of the contents, though only a few of the plates offered here contain captions: “The three volumes which are published contain all the departments of Antiquity. The first volume comprehends the Egyptians and Greeks; the second, the barbarous nations, as, Phrygians, Thracians, Amazons, Assyrians, Babylonians, Syrians, Armenians, Scythians, Parthians, Daciaus, Sannatiaus, Germans, Gauls, Belgians, Britons, Fheuiciaus, Carthaginians, Numidians, Alaurilaniaus, Celtibcrians, Medes, and Persians. The third volume contains the Romans, Etruscans, Latins, Sarunites, Alarsii, and Sabines. The three succeeding volumes will contain the nations of the middle ages. The author first describes the costume of the females, then of the males, including not only the customary Garments of different ranks, but those which denote publicemployments, or characteristics of dignity offensive and defensive ; Chariots, and warlike Machines of all kinds ; Cavalry ; Vessels and Navigation, Architecture ; Gardens; Sacrifices; religious, funereal, and nuptial Ceremonies; Furniture; Vases; Customs at repasts; those national traits which frequently distinguish different people; Sculpture; Painting; Writing; Books; Music and Dancing ; Social Games ; Gymnastic Exercises; and every other circumstance which may tend to illustrate ancient manners. Whatever is an object of the sense of sight has been engraved ; but, those of which no ancient representation has reached our times M. S. Presents as they have been described by the best authors. ” This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.