Berlin: Verlag von G. Reimer, 1843. Imperial folio, measuring 21 x 14.5 inches, contemporary calf over marbled blue paper boards, raised bands, spine compartments decorated and lettered in gilt. Letterpress title, descriptive text, and register, followed by thirty color lithographed plates (twenty-five single-page and five double-page) numbered I-XXX, and five monochrome plates (one single-page and four double-page) lettered A-E. Small circular library label of Honoré T.P. Joseph d'Albert, 8th Duc de Luynes, affixed to base of spine. Lightest shelfwear, corners repaired, one bifolium of text embrowned (pp. 41-44), occasional faint foxing.
First edition of Eduard Gerhard’s massive survey of ancient Etruscan and Campanian vase paintings in the museums of Berlin, illustrated with thirty brilliant color lithographs in terracotta, red, and black. Head archaeologist at the Royal Museum of Berlin, Gerhard was a co-founder of the first international archaeological society, Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica, and a tireless cataloguer and classifier of antiquities. This volume reproduces the scenes found on ancient vases found throughout Italy, featuring the legends of Ariadne, Hercules, Achilles, Aegisthos, and the Calydonian hunt, among others; particularly moving is the image of Aeneas carrying his father Anchises out of the ruins of Troy (XXV). The oversized color plates are strikingly sharp and vivid, as though just printed. This copy from the library of Honoré d’Albert, 8th Duc de Luynes, noted nineteenth-century French archaeologist and collector of antiquities; his illustrated catalog of his own collection, Description de Quelques Vases Peints Etrusques, Italiotes, Siciliens et Grecs, appeared in Paris in 1840. Luynes would later donate his ancient vases to the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Text in German. Brunet II, 1551. A very good copy of a stunning book.