Amsterdam: J.-F. Bernard, 1723-1743.
Picart, Bernard. First edition. Engraved title vignettes. Illustrated with engraved plates (several folding) after drawings by Bernard Picart (enumerated below). 6 vols. Folio. 147 Fine Plates by Picart. Handsomely bound in modern half brown morocco and cloth, with stamp of “Lincoln’s Inn Library” at the foot of each spine, and the Library’s bookplate on front pastedowns. Occasional spotting to a few pages of text and title, but the plates for the most part are crisp and clean, and all volumes are complete with half-titles. Brunet I, col. 1742. Item #268008
This magnificent set, issued by the publisher Bernard over a period of 20 years, and rarely found complete, represents some of Picart’s finest work. The encyclopedic text represents a compilation of extracts from the writings of several authors, including Le Brun, Thiers, Abbadie, Dupin, Boulainvilliers, et. al. — but it is the scope and beauty of Picart’s engravings that gives the work its irresistible power.
The titles and illustrations are as below:
Vol. I : JUIFS ET CHRETIENS CATHOLIQUES. 1723. Frontispiece* and 35 engraved plates (several foldout).
Vol. II: CATHOLIQUES. 1723. 27 engraved plates.
Vol III: CEREMONIES ET COUTUMES RELIGIEUSE DES PEUPLES IDOLATRES. Part 1 (of 2). 1723. 47 engraved plates.
Vol. IX: SUPPLEMENT, Part 2 (of 2). 1743. 24 plates.
VOL. I. 11 plates
VOL. II. 2 plates
*This beautiful plate, representing all the major religions of the world, was issued in 1743, and, according to Brunet, “manque souvent.”.
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