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Montfaucon Antiquity Explained Represented In Sculptures 1721-25 428 Plates1stnr For Sale

Montfaucon Antiquity Explained Represented In Sculptures 1721-25 428 Plates1stnr

“AN INDEFATIGABLE SCHOLAR, A BOLD THINKER, AN ORIGINATOR OF SCIENTIFIC METHODS, HE LEFT AFTER HIM A MIGHTY GENERATION OF DISCIPLES TO FORM THE CONNECTING LINK BETWEEN THE OLD BENEDICTINE LEARNING AND MODERN SCHOLARSHIP.” – THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ON BERNARD DE MONTFAUCON

 

OFFERED WITH is the FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF BERNARD DE MONTFAUCON’S “ANTIQUITY EXPLAINED AND REPRESENTED IN SCULPTURES,” one of the most impressive publications of the 18th century, considered one of the foundations of modern archaeology, comprised of 10 volumes bound in seven, ADORNED WITH 438 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED PLATES, INCLUDING MORE THAN 100 FOLDING, printed in large folio at London by Tonson and Watts from 1721 through 1725 and BEAUTIFULLY AND UNIFORMLY BOUND IN FULL EARLY 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH POLISHED CALF, CONTEMPORARY TO THE TIME OF PUBLICATION.

 

MONTFAUCON’S ‘ANTIQUITY EXPLAINED AND REPRESENTED IN SCULPTURES’ INAUGURATED A NEW SCIENCE. IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN ARCHAEOLOGY. IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PUBLISHING VENTURES OF THE 18TH CENTURY. THIS FIRST EDITION IN ENGLSH IS ADORNED WITH 438 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED PLATES, OF WHICH MORE THAN 100 ARE FOLDING. THE PLATES DEPICT GREEK, ROMAN AND EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES, BUILDINGS, CITIES, BRDIGES, STATUES, TEMPLES AND OTHER MONUMENTS.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“Antiquity Explained, And Represented in Sculptures, by the Learned father Montfaucon, / Translated into English by David Humphreys, M.A. And Fellow of Trinity-College in Cambridge. / Volume the First. / London: Printed by J. Tonson and J. Watts. / M DCC XXI [-XXII, i.e. 1721-22].”

 

From the Catholic Encyclopedia: “Montfaucon intuitively saw what benefit might accrue to history from the study of figured monuments, and, if he was not the creator of archaeology, he was at least the first to show what advantages might be derived from it. Two of his works show him to be an originator. In 1719-22 he published "L'Antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures" [This was the French edition, of course. The first English edition, offered here and published in 1721-22, gave the title in translation as “Anquity Explained, and Represented in Sculptures.”], in which he reproduces, methodically grouped, all the ancient monuments that might be of use in the study of the religion, domestic customs, material life, military institutions, and funeral rites of the ancients. Of this work, … the whole edition of 1800 copies was exhausted in two months, in spite of its enormous size. The regent, Philippe d'Orléans, desired that the author should become a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, and he was elected to replace Pere Letellier (1719). In 19 December, 1741, he read before the Academy of Inscriptions a plan for completing this work; two days later he passed away tranquilly, without any premonitory symptoms of illness. An indefatigable scholar, a bold thinker, an originator of scientific methods, he left after him a mighty generation of disciples to form the connecting link between the old Benedictine learning and modern scholarship.”

 

The 10 volumes, here bound as 7, are complete in all respects. They comprise the following pages and plates respectively, plus titles, preliminaries and addenda such as indices: volume 1 - 260 pages, 98 plates; volume 2 - 284 pages, 61 plates; volume 3 - 227 pages, 63 plates; volume 4 - 193 pages, 46 plates; and volume 5 - 165 pages, 51 plates. The supplementary volumes comprise a further 128 plates and are paginated as follows: Each volume measures about 40.1 cm by 25.6 cm by 7.0 cm; each leaf measures about 395 mm by 257 mm.

 

The set is very attractively bound in the original early 18th century full English polished calf, contemporary to the time of publication. They are solidly in very good condition and are entirely original and unrestored. All 7 original early 18th century red morocco spine labels remain present, although that of volume 5 is chipped. IT IS VERY UNUSUAL TO FIND A SET OF 7 EARLY 18TH CENTURY FOLIO VOLUMES IN THEIR ORIGINAL BINDINGS AND WITH THE BINDINGS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. The bindings are in very good condition with strong book-blocks. Although the leather upon the hinges is cracked, the hinges themselves hold firmly by the cords and the boards are thereby firmly attached in all cases. The boards show moderate scuffing and moderate wear at the edges and corners.

 

Internally, the volumes are generally in very good to excellent condition, with clear print, clean pages and ample margins throughout. The plates are excellent impressions throughout. Plate 18 in volume 2 has been laid-in; it is loose and its margins are slightly larger than those of the volume’s remaining leaves. The title pages show minor to moderate foxing, and there is occasional mild foxing elsewhere; however, taken generally, this is a very attractive set.

 

In all, this is a highly attractive example of the FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF BERNARD DE MONTFAUCON’S “ANTIQUITY EXPLAINED AND REPRESENTED IN SCULPTURES,” one of the most impressive publications of the 18th century, considered one of the foundations of modern archaeology, comprised of 10 volumes bound in seven, ADORNED WITH 438 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED PLATES, INCLUDING MORE THAN 100 FOLDING, printed in large folio at London by Tonson and Watts from 1721 through 1725, BEAUTIFULLY AND UNIFORMLY BOUND IN FULL EARLY 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH POLISHED CALF, CONTEMPORARY TO THE TIME OF PUBLICATION, and OFFERED WITH .

 

 

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