(Early Archaeology) 9 Vols. Piroli, Tomasso; Bayardi, Ottavio Antonio. Le Antichita di Ercolano. Naples, 1757-1792; 1755. Folio; modern buckram; moderately dusty. With additional engraved vignette title, portrait, and double page map (in the first volume), and 603 engraved plates, engraved headpieces, decorated initials. Scattered light foxing, generally minor dust smudging in margins, moderate foxing and dust smudging at front of most volumes, several half titles creased, dampstaining in gutter margins of the volumes, imprinted in 1762, 1765, 1767, 1771, the dampstaining often extending into the text and plates. Includes: Catalogo degli antichi monumenti dissotterrati dalla discoperta citta di Ercolano par Ottavio Antonio Bayardi. All 9 volumes. Ex-library: perforated stamps on title pages, ink stamps on a preliminary leaf in each volume, other library markings on endpapers and spines of binding. Plates free of library markings. Tall set. Sold with all faults.
Plate count by imprint year of each volume:
1757 - vignette title, portrait, double-page map, and 50 plates.
1760 - 60 plates.
1762 - 60 plates.
1765 - 70 plates.
1767 - 85 plates.
1771 - 100 plates.
1779 - 84 plates.
1792 - 94 plates.
Brunet I, 314.

Estimate $2,500-4,000


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