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6 voll. In-8 (18,4 x 12 cm.). Legature d'amatore eseguite verso la metà del '900 in marocchino verde, dorsi con nervi e titolo impresso in oro, merletti interni, tagli dorati, firmate Bernasconi. Con 6 frontespizi, antiporta, 243 tavole f.t., 243 vignette e 226 finalini, disegnati dai migliori artisti del periodo e incisi in rame da Fessard. Ottimo esemplare.
Prima tiratura di questa celebre e magnifica edizione interamente incisa in rame (sia le 746 pagine di testo che le illustrazioni), considerata una delle più belle edizioni figurate francesi del ‘700. Cohen-De Ricci 551: «Il en existe une réimp. fort médiocre; il faut avoir soin de rejeter les exemplaires où le nom de Deslauriers remplace celui de l'auteur (sauf pour le tome IV).» Tchemerzine VI, 392: «Ed. entièrement gravée, publiée par suscription...».
First issue of this remarkable edition entirely copper engraved (text and plates), considered as being one of the finest French illustrated books of the 18th century. 6 titles, frontispiece, floral design, 243 plates, 243 vignettes and 226 end-pieces drawn by the best artists of the period and engraved by Fessard. A pristine set in mid 20th century green morocco, spines with raised bands and gilt title, inner gilt dentelles, gilt edges.

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