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Lot 244: (ARCHITECTURE.) Delagardette, Claude Mathieu. Les Ruines de Paestum ou Posidonia.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (ARCHITECTURE.) Delagardette, Claude Mathieu. Les Ruines de Paestum ou Posidonia. 14 engraved architectural plates, one folding. Folio, 21x14inches, original marbled boards rebacked and recornered with black library tape, title and library call number on spine, remnants of library card envelope inside rear cover, worn; toned and foxed throughout, several plates deckled; bookplate of Elmer Truesdell Merrill, deacession stamp of the University of Chicago Library. should be seen. Paris, [1799]

Notes: The ancient Greek city of Paestum (600-450BC) on the southern coast of Italy laid largely forgotten from the early middle ages until a re-discovery and resurgence of interest occured in the mid-eighteenth century. In the present volume, accomplished French architect Delagardette offers his contribution to the study of the the early Greek ruins at the site: Namely the two Temples of Hera and the Temple of Athena. Delagardette''s engravings exhibit the collonades, capitals and entablatures all carefully planned, measured and drafted with precise detail.

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