[Italian?]: ca. 1850.
Each plate (8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in., and smaller) is tipped to a larger sheet; two are entirely uncolored, another only partially. 1 vols. Folio. Exquisite Images of Pompeian Frescoes. Bound together in three quarter red morocco by Pawson & Nicholson, Philadelphia, with their ticket. Rebacked in goatskin, original spine laid down, inner hinges reinforced with period cloth Item #56925
A superb collection of lovely lithographed images which, in many instances are so delicately and minutely colored as to be indistinguishable from watercolor drawings — and indeed, several of them we believe to be entirely original drawings — each in the style of the ancient art of Pompeii in its frescoes, geometric mosaics, and ceramics. There are scenes of mythological figures (e.g., a satyr cavorting with a goat); scenes of purely decorative nature, suggestive of Pompeian vase art against a black gloss background; domestic scenes of husband, wife, and children; cupids; pastoral scenes; fish and game; and several images of an openly erotic nature suggestive of the relaxed style of Pompeiian attitudes toward nudity.
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