RACINE (JEAN BAPTISTE) Oeuvres, 3 vol.
Lot 89
RACINE (JEAN BAPTISTE) Oeuvres, 3 vol.
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Oeuvres, 3 vol., half-titles, titles with engraved vignettes, engraved portrait by J. Daullé, 12 engraved plates, and numerous engraved head- and tail-pieces after J. De Sève, bookplate of William d'Alzac Crofton, contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in calf gilt, g.e. [Cohen-de Ricci 846], 4to (285 x 210mm.), Paris, avec approbation et privilege du Roi, 1760


  • "In these stately volumes Jacques de Sève did for Racine what Boucher had done for Molière. Indeed, the fact that he alone was responsible for designing the twelve plates, thirteen headpieces and sixty tailpieces gives them a decorative unity quite unmatched in the earlier work... De Sève's illustrations combine with the book's imposing size and typography to make it a work of some magnificence... it is an almost faultless achievement" (Gordon N. Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 1700 to 1914, 1982). See illustration on preceding page.
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