This early original copper-plate engraving on heavy chain-linked paper is a real beauty. It depicts an Ancient Combat Scene and has the French title "Combat". It comes from the French book L'antiquité expliquée et représentée by Dom Bernard de Montfaucon.
Dom Bernard de Montfaucon (13 January 1655 – 21 December 1741) was a French Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Saint Maur. He was an astute scholar who founded the discipline of palaeography, as well as being an editor of works of the Fathers of the Church. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern archaeology. Montfaucon published 15 volumes of L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures between 1719 and 1724. An English translation of this work was published in 1721–25 under the title Antiquity Explained and Represented in Diagrams. The work contained copperplate folio engravings of classical antiquities.
Provenance: L'antiquité expliquée et représentée
Author: Bernard de Montfaucon
Publisher: 1719 Paris
Plate Size: circa 17" x 13"
Condition : Very good, few wormholes (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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