The Works of Antonio Canova in Sculpture and Modelling with Descriptions from the Italian of the Countess Albrizzi and a Biographical Memoir by Count Cicognara
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1876. Heliotype edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes in one. Sm. folio. Unpaginated. Original morocco, gold-stamped on front and back cover. Beveled edges. Gold-decorated spine with raised bands. All gilt edges. Doublures. Marbled endpapers. Ex-libris of Lucy [Doheny] Smith Battson (* see below) on free front endpaper. Frontispiece of Canova in both volumes. Title-page printed in red & black with vignette. Decorative initials. Elaborate publication, illustrated with work by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. The epitome of the neoclassical style, his work marked a return to classical refinement after the theatrical excesses of Baroque sculpture. Profusely illustrated with over 150 photographic reproductions in heliotype of Canova's work, portraits of Canova, Medals, etc. Includes list of his works, classified and chronologically arranged. Some age wear and abrasions on binding. Heavy staining on front board. Head and tail of spine worn and chipped, wear on corners. Three-inch closed tear on top edge of free front endpaper. Small closed tears on edges of first few leaves. Binding in fair, interior in very good condition. Very heavy book, extra shipping required. g. Item #23590
* Lucy [Doheny] Smith Battson was the daughter-in-law of Countess Carrie Estelle Doheny (1875-1958). E. Doheny was a Los Angeles socialite and the second wife of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny.