A Descriptive Catalogue of a General Collection of Ancient and Modern Engraved Gems, Cameos as Well... A Descriptive Catalogue of a General Collection of Ancient and Modern Engraved Gems, Cameos as Well... A Descriptive Catalogue of a General Collection of Ancient and Modern Engraved Gems, Cameos as Well... A Descriptive Catalogue of a General Collection of Ancient and Modern Engraved Gems, Cameos as Well...

A Descriptive Catalogue of a General Collection of Ancient and Modern Engraved Gems, Cameos as Well as Intaglios. 2-Vol. set (Complete)

Raspe, Rudolf Erich

Published by James Tassie, London, 1791
Condition: vg Hardcover

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Small Folio. lxxiv, (2) 496, 497-800, 12, 50, 13 (2)pp. lvii (i) plates. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Frontispiece engraving. Catalogue Raisonné of Pierres Gravées & Co. taken from the most celebrated cabinets in Europe and cast in coloured pastes, white enamel, and sulphur by James Tassie. Illustrated with 58 copper plates of gems, cameos and intaglios at rear of volume II. Introduction on the various uses of the collection, the origin of the art of engraving on hard stones, and the progress of pastes. Detailed descriptions of objects. Includes list of collectors names, a list of the gravures and a reference from the old numbers of the catalogue to the new. Text in English and French. Blind stamps of Brooklyn Museum of Arts on French title pages. Few pages with moderate foxing at rear of volume I. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. James Tassie (1735-1799) was a Scottish gem engraver and modeler of impressions of classical gems of the eighteenth century, providing sets and selections of impressions in a variety of materials. After Tassie moved to London his work gradually became known he received a commission from Catherine the Great of about 15,000 pieces. He exhibited at the Royal Academy starting in 1769 and 1775 Tassie published the first pamphlet containing 2856 items of his work. This 1791 catalog in two volumes with etchings by David Allen and descriptive text by Rudolf Erich Raspe contains 15,800 pieces. At the time of his death Tassie's collection of work numbered about 20,000 items. Bookseller Inventory # 40065

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Title: A Descriptive Catalogue of a General ...

Publisher: James Tassie, London

Publication Date: 1791

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: Ex-Library First Edition.

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