Lot 90: [French History, Engraved Plates]
November 5, 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: RECUEIL DES PORTRAITS DES HOMMES ILLUSTRES TOME III [and V.] Paris: Nyon, 1781. Volumes 3 and 5, in 4to. Each volume containing 100 plates, each plate with one page of descriptive text, volume 5 with table bound at end. 3 folding plates to third volume, 1 folding plate to fifth, other plates primarily portraits. Uniformly bound in period calf, gilt, hinges cracked, boards of vol. 5 held at gutter by binder's tape repair, title leaf of same volume attached with binder's mull at gutter. Contents generally clean though with occasional foxing and toning, 5 plates in 5th volume with small old ink blots to plates, one folding plan with old paper repair to verso, small pencil notes to margins in places throughout, Very Good. *************************** Two volumes from this set, rarely found complete. Containing finely engraved plates after paintings by a variety of artists. Front pastedown of volume 5 with large engraved label/bookplate of Francesco Montagna.