Paris: 1805 (Vols. 1-2); 1808 (Vols. 3-4). First edition. Hardcover. Large octavo (8 3/4 X 5 1/4"). , 97, pp; , 88pp; , 76pp; , 80pp. Uncut. Original decorative paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spines. Published between 1801 and 1809, the "Annales du Musée et de l'École Moderne des Beaux-Arts" is a series of 24 volumes containing four distinct topics, of which this one dealing with landscapes and genre paintings is complete.
This set contains no less than 288 striking line engravings on steel (72 per volume) reproducing the complete landscapes and genre paintings housed in the then new Musée Napoléon (Louvre).
The paintings by Rembrandt, Paulus Potter, Jan Asselyn, Joseph Vernet, Berchem, Salomon Gessner, Claude Lorrain, Titian, Hans Holbein the Younger, Emmanuel de Witte, Murillo, Nicolas Poussin, etc.. are engraved by some of the most celebrated French engravers of the time, such as Devilliers, Guyot le jeune (Charles Guyot), Guyot l'ainé (Laurent Guyot), Boutrois, Baltard, Lameau, Constant Bourgeois, Niquet le jeune (Claude Niquet), Jean Bosq, Georges Louis Le Rouge, Émile Desmaison, etc..
Each of the 288 plates is facing its captioned page.
Moderate and sporadic rubbing and age-toning along edges of bindings. Spines sunned and partly rubbed. Text in French. Bindings in overall good- to good, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43247