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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2002. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. The skilled paper cutting in this book by well known artist Béatrice Coron is here inspired by a poem by Joachim du Bellay. du Bellay (1522-1560) was a French poet, critic, and a founder of the Pléiade. He notably wrote the manifesto of the group: Défense et illustration de la langue française, which aimed at promoting French as an artistic language, equal to Greek and Latin. In this poem printed here, he writes of the glory that once was Rome, but which as happens in the world, falls and what remains are its monuments and the Tiber River that continues to flow to the sea. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes her work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Hand-cut on one sheet of white Arches paper. Housed in a clamshell box painted gray and gold on its cover with a cut out design that reveals the poems title. In fine condition. Size: 5.75 x 6.25 x .75 inches when closed. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Paris: F. Vieweg, 1877. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Very good in green cloth covered boards with gilt title to brown leather title label on spine. Wear to exterior includes minor bumping to edges and corners, a few spots of light discoloration and minor browning to edges and spine. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down and name writen in pen to front free end page. Minor foxing throughout, though text remains bright. 312 pages. French Language. FRE/5202. Very Good.
London: Jennings and Chaplin, 1832. Sir William Gell (1777 – 1836) was an English classical archaeologist and illustrator. He published topographical illustrations of Troy and the surrounding area in 1804. He also published illustrations showing the results of archaeological digs at Pompeii. His numerous drawings of classical ruins and localities, executed with great detail and exactness, are preserved in the British Museum. Gell was a thorough dilettante, fond of society and possessed of little real scholarship. Nonetheless his topographical works became recognized text-books at a time when Greece and even Italy were but superficially known to English travelers. His best-known work is Pompeiana; the Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii, published between 1817 and 1832, in the first part of which he was assisted by J. P. Gandy. Although his works have been superseded by later publications, they continue to provide valuable information for the study of classical topography. He is, together with his friends Edward Dodwell and Keppel Richard Craven, by some modern scholars seen as the founder of the study of the historical topography of the hinterland of Rome.His works and notebooks proved very valuable for the topographical studies done by Thomas Ashby at the beginning of the 20th century [Wikipedia]. The two volumes are bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled, and bumped. Faded spine with title and volume number labels. Boards also have light scuffs. Hinges are a little tender but binding and text block are tight. Interior pages are quite clean and bright with some aging to page and occasionally to plate edges. Ownership signature on ffeps. With 88 handsome plates from drawings done by Gell, of which two are hand colored. There are also thirty chapter vignettes printed on a fine white paper and mounted. Very good condition. Octavo. Volume I: 198 pages; Volume II: 207 pages. ARCH/052021.
Dublin: William Hallhead, 1777. Hardcover. Pirated Dublin edition. Volume one states that it is the Fourth Edition; it was printed in Dublin for Hallhead in 1777. Volumes 2 - 6 were also printed in Dublin for Hallhead and are dated 1781. Volumes 7 - 10 were printed in Dublin for Luke White in 1788. Lacks volumes 11 and 12. Volume 2 has folding map. Bookplate of Charles Chauncey to front pastedown of each volume. Bound in full leather with title and volume labels to spines; however, one volume lacks volume label. Volumes 1- 6 have matching full calf bindings and volumes 7 - 10 are bound in matching mottled calf bindings. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. Paperback. 8vo. Black and grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Chipping and creasing to edges of wrappers as well as minor rubbing. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 135 pages. GRE/013118. Very Good.
London: Simpkin, MArshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1924. Hardcover. SALESMAN'S DUMMY. Excerpts from 2 volumes bound as one. 4to. Dark brown cloth backed light brown cloth covered boards. Wear to edges exposing boards. 4 inch closed tear to cloth on spine. Fraying to spine ends. Damp staining to top corner of rear board. One signature is detached from interior but present. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Binding samples pasted to interior of rear board. Roman history. ROME/080510. Good +.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. Hardcover. Oversized. Very good. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards and to spine. Small spot of white paint to bottom right corner of front board. Light browning to edges of pages though text and illustrations are clean and bright. 59 full color tipped in plates. 160 pages. Roman History. ROM2/2012. Very Good.