[Caylus, Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de]. Recueil d'antiquités egyptiennes, etrusques, grecques et romaines. Tome premier (-VII).

Paris, Desaint & Saillent, 1756-1767.

Large 4to. 7 vols. (6 vols. + supplementary vol.). (8), XIX, (1), 348 pp. (2), VIII, 429, (5) pp. XXXVI, 448 pp. XX, 418, (2) pp. XXVI, (2), 348 pp. XX, 414, (2) pp. XXVIII, 336, (2) pp. With 7 engraved frontispieces, 6 engr. title vignettes, 811 (partly folding) engr. plates, and several engravings in the text. Decorative contemporary calf bindings on 5 raised bands with double giltstamped labels to richly gilt spine.


First (only vol. 1: second) edition. An "important and remarkably extensive work [...] The last, supplementary, volume, edited by Bombarde from Caylus' manuscripts, includes a memoir on the author. Caylus had been to the Levant and was well known as an archaeologist, essayist and engraver. The plates were engraved directly from the original works, many of them in the author's own collection" (Blackmer Cat., 465). As usual, the first volume of this set is present in its second edition (the first had been printed in a very small press-run and had to be reprinted in 1761).

Bindings slightly rubbed, occasional insignificant browning.

Brunet I, 1705f. Blackmer 303. Gay 1971. Cohen/de Ricci 211. Ebert 3827. Fürstenberg 23 & 138. Sander 302. Cohen 99. Cf. Barbier IV, 51 e.