Paris: Soyer, 1811. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5"). xii, 211, pp (Vol. 1); , 290pp (Vol. 2) (Text volumes), clxxxii (182, ie 191) leaves (Plates). Contemporary half spotted calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spines.
Millin's collection of monuments to be used for the study of mythology, art history, figurative antiquity, and the allegorical language of the ancients is splendidly illustrated with 191 steel-engraved plates numbered 1 to 182 (nine extra plates: 108 bis, 131 bis, 136 bis, 137 bis, 171 bis, 172 bis, 175 bis, 176 bis, 177 bis), containing nearly 800 ancient monuments, such as statues, bas-reliefs, engraved stones, medals, frescoes and vase paintings, of which more than 50 had never been published before.
Originally published in 2 volumes, the original owner of this work removed all the 191 plates to gather them in a separate plate volume.
Moderate rubbing along edges of bindings. Contemporary previous owner's inscription (in German) dated 1818 at upper front free endpaper of first volume, and name in ink at upper front free endpaper of each volume (Prof. Dambashynn?). Very minor and sporadic foxing to text volumes. Moderate and sporadic foxing to plates. Text in French. Bindings in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #43957
About the author: Aubin-Louis Millin de Grandmaison (1759-1818) was an antiquary and naturalist erudite in various domains, who followed Jean-Jacques Barthélemy as curator of the 'Cabinet des médailles et antiques' of the former French royal library and took an interest in medieval art, which was just beginning to attract serious attention, as well as classical culture. (From Wikipedia).