History of Art by Its Monuments, from its Decline in the Fourth Century to Its Restoration in the Sixteenth; Translated from the French of Seroux D'Agincourt .


Published by Bernard Quaritch, London, 1847
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Title: History of Art by Its Monuments, from its ...

Publisher: Bernard Quaritch, London

Publication Date: 1847

Binding: Hardcover


Three volumes Folio. custom three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, gilt and gilt lettered burgundy spine labels. Volumes II and III are plates only, over 3,335 illustrations on 328 large plates. Volume I - Architecture, 73 plates; volume II - Sculpture, 51 plates; volume III - Painting, 204 plates."This fine work of Agincourt was the first in which the idea of exhibiting the Progress of Art by a series of its nobles Monuments, was perfectly carried out. Here we see, not only in theory, but in practice, the passage of art though its various phases. In Architecture, we pass form the simple magnificence of the Greek to the more complicated grandeur of the Roman -from the later Roman to the Lombardic and Norman - from the gradual introduction of the pointed arch to the formation of a perfect style founded on that feature, - a style which, in its turn, we see gradually disappear under the innovations of the "revival"; in short, by a Series of accurate Engravings from celebrated Monuments, we trace the transitions of art from the classic period to our own times.Sculpture - Painting -the Art of Illumination - Engraving on Wood - Gems - and Medals - are similarly represented.It is a work that has long been sought and prized by all who could afford the high price at which alone it was to be procured, but by which it has been confined to the libraries of the wealthy. To place this English edition within the reach of all, and to secure to the Artists of England its valuable assistance in their labours, it has been published at an unprecedentedly low price [5 pounds 5 shillings in 1847 was still a very large sum], the proprietor feeling confident that a large circulation must necessarily result. It is anticipated that no Architect, Painter, or Sculptor - or, in fact, any one connected with the Fine Arts - will willingly be without such a work, when so small a sum can purchase it." from the publisher's advertisement of the work in the "Edinburgh Review," volume 86 July - October, 1847. Spine ends with some wear, some rubbing at edges, hinge of volume III cracked , interior fine. Bookseller Inventory # 30258

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