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    The Five Supplement Volumes to
    Bernard de Montfaucon's
    Monumental Study of the Classical World

    Bernard de Montfaucon. Supplément au livre de l'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures. Tome Premier[- Cinquieme]. Paris: Chez Giffart, Nyon, Briasson, David, Ganeau, Bauche, Durand, Cavelier, Guillyn Pissot, 1757. Second edition (first published in 1724). Five large folio volumes (17 x 11.375 inches; 431 x 288 mm.). [4], lvii, [1, Approbation and Privilege], [6, "Avis sur l'ordre des planches" for all five volumes], 258; [4], viii, 248; [4], viii, 252; [4], vi, 173, [1, blank]; [4], vii, 239, [1, blank] pages. With hundreds of engraved plates, many double-page (103 in Volume I; seventy-seven in Volume II; ninety-six in Volume III; sixty-seven in Volume IV; and seventy-five in Volume V).
    Title-pages printed in red and black. Engraved head-piece vignette on page 1 of each volume. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials; typographic head-pieces. Text in French and Latin, with French text in a single column above the Latin text in double columns.
    Contemporary French cat's paw calf. Covers with triple blind fillet border; spines elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments with six raised bands and two leather labels decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt; board edges with double gilt fillet; turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt; marbled endpapers. Bindings rubbed and worn; boards exposed at corners; some loss at spine extremities; joints and hinges starting. Some browning, foxing, and soiling or smudging; occasional offsetting to the plates from the tail-pieces. A few marginal paper flaws. An excellent and very attractive set.
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    Tome premier. Les dieux des Grecs et des Romains; Tome second. Le culte des Grecs, des Romains, des Égyptiens et des Gaulois; Tome troisieme qui comprend les habits et les usages de la vie; Tome quatrieme qui comprend la guerre, les ponts, les aqueducs, la navigation, les phares et les tours octogones; and Tome cinquieme. Les Funerailles.

    "What Mabillon did for the study of medieval Latin documents, Montfaucon [1655-1741], after Mabillon's death the leading member of the congregation of St Maur, achieved in the field of Greek studies...Montfaucon applied his vast knowledge of Greek manuscripts to exemplary editions of the writings of Anastasius, Origen, and John Chrysostom...[He] eventually branched out into a new field of learning. His Antiquité expliquée et representée en Figures surveyed in fifteen volumes the social and artistic aspects of the ancient civilizations" (Printing and the Mind of Man 175, describing his 1708 Palaeographia Graeca).

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    August, 2015
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