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Ovid's "Metamorphoses" illustrated by François Boucher, Eisen, Gravelot, Monnet. Superb copy in contemporary dark blue morocco.

Superb work due to the care of the editor Basan and the engraver Le Mire. It's one of the most gallantly illustrated of the whole century.







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Les Métamorphoses, en latin et en françois, De la Traduction de M. l’Abbé Banier, de l’Académie Royale des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres ; avec des explications historiques.

Paris, de l’Imprimerie de Prault, chez Barrois, 1767-1771.

4 volumes 4to (243 x 179 mm), dark blue morocco, triple gilt fillet around the covers, gilt lyres in the corners of the covers, flat spine decorated the same way, red morocco lettering pieces, inner border, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.

First issue of one of the most renowned French illustrated book of the 18th century.
Picot, Livres du Baron Rothschild, I, p. 218, No. 409; Bulletin de la Librairie Morgand et Fatout, III, 8976 and 10578.

"Superb work due to the care of the editor Basan and the engraver Le Mire.
It's one of the most gallantly illustrated of the whole century. (Cohen, Livres à gravures du XVIIIe siècle, col. 769-772).

"It’s one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 18th century with a frontispiece, 3 pages of dedication, 4 fleurons on the titles of the volumes, 30 vignettes, 1 tail-piece, and 139 figures drawn by Boucher, Eisen, Gravelot, Leprince, Monnet ... engraved by de Launay, Lemire ... The frontispiece, the dedication plates, the tail-piece, the fleurons of the first three volumes and the vignettes are drawn and engraved by Choffard . "

"Eisen accomplishes at the same time his remarkable work for 'Ovid's Metamorphoses', whose compositions are so worthy to appear alongside those of Moreau, Gravelot and Monnet, chosen like him by the editors Basan and Le Mire, for the ornamentation of their beautiful book. We had the pleasure of admiring these astonishing pencil drawings, drawn from 1766 to 1769, so precise, so graceful and so delicate. The subjects are generally more serious than those he usually deals with; the works of Hercules and the adventures of Apollo are among the most interesting series.” Baron Roger Portalis, Les dessinateurs d’illustrations au XVIIIe siècle.

The work (one of the most significant of the literature of ancient Rome) comprises in addition to more than 12 000 verses, the account of two hundred forty-six fables on the metamorphoses, arranged chronologically from chaos until Julius Caesar’s metamorphosis into a star and chosen from the rich repertoire of the Greek tradition and also among Roman fables.
The vitality of the work is inexhaustible; the Middle-Ages did not consider it inferior to the works of Virgil; in the 13th century, there will finally be a true Ovidian Renaissance. In Italy, in France, in Germany, it was the love manual. It had a notable influence on the Englishman Chaucer, on all the Italian humanistic poetry, on the “savant” style and on the poems of the French-Dutch philologists.

Superb copy bound in contemporary night blue morocco decorated with gilt lyres.

Provenance: the copy was presented at the exhibition « Dix siècles de Livres français » (Lucerne, 1949, n°169), from the Albert Natural library (ex-libris on the endpaper).





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Superb work due to the care of the editor Basan and the engraver Le Mire. It's one of the most gallantly illustrated of the whole century.


Price : € 23,000

OVIDE.

Les Métamorphoses, en latin et en françois, De la Traduction de M. l’Abbé Banier, de l’Académie Royale des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres ; avec des explications historiques.

Paris, de l’Imprimerie de Prault, chez Barrois, 1767-1771.

4 volumes 4to (243 x 179 mm), dark blue morocco, triple gilt fillet around the covers, gilt lyres in the corners of the covers, flat spine decorated the same way, red morocco lettering pieces, inner border, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.

First issue of one of the most renowned French illustrated book of the 18th century.Picot, Livres du Baron Rothschild, I, p. 218, No. 409; Bulletin de la Librairie Morgand et Fatout, III, 8976 and 10578.

"Superb work due to the care of the editor Basan and the engraver Le Mire.It's one of the most gallantly illustrated of the whole century. (Cohen, Livres à gravures du XVIIIe siècle, col. 769-772).

"It’s one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 18th century with a frontispiece, 3 pages of dedication, 4 fleurons on the titles of the volumes, 30 vignettes, 1 tail-piece, and 139 figures drawn by Boucher, Eisen, Gravelot, Leprince, Monnet ... engraved by de Launay, Lemire ... The frontispiece, the dedication plates, the tail-piece, the fleurons of the first three volumes and the vignettes are drawn and engraved by Choffard . "

"Eisen accomplishes at the same time his remarkable work for 'Ovid's Metamorphoses', whose compositions are so worthy to appear alongside those of Moreau, Gravelot and Monnet, chosen like him by the editors Basan and Le Mire, for the ornamentation of their beautiful book. We had the pleasure of admiring these astonishing pencil drawings, drawn from 1766 to 1769, so precise, so graceful and so delicate. The subjects are generally more serious than those he usually deals with; the works of Hercules and the adventures of Apollo are among the most interesting series.” Baron Roger Portalis, Les dessinateurs d’illustrations au XVIIIe siècle.

The work (one of the most significant of the literature of ancient Rome) comprises in addition to more than 12 000 verses, the account of two hundred forty-six fables on the metamorphoses, arranged chronologically from chaos until Julius Caesar’s metamorphosis into a star and chosen from the rich repertoire of the Greek tradition and also among Roman fables.The vitality of the work is inexhaustible; the Middle-Ages did not consider it inferior to the works of Virgil; in the 13th century, there will finally be a true Ovidian Renaissance. In Italy, in France, in Germany, it was the love manual. It had a notable influence on the Englishman Chaucer, on all the Italian humanistic poetry, on the “savant” style and on the poems of the French-Dutch philologists.

Superb copy bound in contemporary night blue morocco decorated with gilt lyres.

Provenance: the copy was presented at the exhibition « Dix siècles de Livres français » (Lucerne, 1949, n°169), from the Albert Natural library (ex-libris on the endpaper).