HAMILTON (WILLIAM) and HANCARVILLE (PIERRE FRANÇOIS HUGUES D') Antiquités Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines. Tirées du cabinet de M. Hamilton, FIRST EDITION, vol. 1-3 and part of vol. 4 bound in 3, John Flaxman's copy, Naples, 1766-1767 [c.1776]
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HAMILTON (WILLIAM) and HANCARVILLE (PIERRE FRANÇOIS HUGUES D') Antiquités Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines. Tirées du cabinet de M. Hamilton, FIRST EDITION, vol. 1-3 and part of vol. 4 bound in 3, John Flaxman's copy, Naples, 1766-1767 [c.1776]
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HAMILTON (WILLIAM)
HANCARVILLE (PIERRE FRANÇOIS HUGUES D') Antiquités Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines. Tirées du cabinet de M. Hamilton... en cours de Naples [-Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton], FIRST EDITION, vol. 1-3 and part of vol. 4 bound in 3, 6 hand-coloured engraved titles in French and English (to volumes 1-3), 4 engraved dedications, 37 engraved or etched vignettes and historiated initials, and 374 etched and engraved plates only (153 HAND-COLOURED, of which 66 are double-page), parallel English and French text in volumes 1-2, OWNERSHIP SIGNATURES OF JOHN FLAXMAN on front paste-downs, some mainly light dampstaining in margins at beginning of volume one, light spotting throughout (rarely affecting images), a few plates slightly creased, contemporary half calf, covers detached, spines cracked [Blackmer 845; Cohen-de Ricci 474; Berlin Kat. 890; Brunet I, 321; Cicognara (Florence 1801-8 edition only) 2490], large folio (503 x 370mm.), Naples, [François Morelli], 1766-1767 [but c.1776], sold as a collection of plates

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  • JOHN FLAXMAN'S COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH FINE STRONG IMPRESSIONS OF THE PLATES AND GOOD MARGINS. Hancarville's work was the result of being asked to catalogue the extensive collection of ancient vases, coins, bronzes, glass and terracotta formed by Sir William Hamilton, and sold in 1772 to the British Museum. According to Blackmer, Hancarville published 500 copies of this "edition splendide et de grand luxe" (Cohen-De Ricci), the fine plates being the work of C. Pignatari, C. Nolli, A. Cardo and A. Lamberti after Giuseppe Bracci, Edmondo Beaulieu, Pio. Bat. Tierce and others. The depictions of vases were a significant influence on Josiah Wedgewood, and indeed the likes of John Flaxman.
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