This rare volume printed in 1719 is complete with dozens of magnificent engravings. Front cover is loose and spine leather is gone. Otherwise the book has expected staining and foxing but is in generally very good condition. An exceptional book created by Bernard de Montfaucon.
Montfaucon (January 13, 1655, France - December 21, 1741) was a Benedictine monk and scholar in France. He is considered to be a founder of modern archeology. He published an edition of the writings of St. Athanasius in 1698 and a catalog of Greek manuscripts, Paleographia Graeca,: Sive, de Ortu Et Progressu Literarum Graecarum , in 1708.
His big achievement though was an extensive catalog of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman artifacts, sculptures and art, L'Antiquite Expliquee et Representee en Figures, in the year 1719. This was a massive 10 volume work. It alone contains 1120 plates and was a pictorial encyclopedia of gods, heros, everyday life, domestic customs, religious customs, and military actions of the ancient world. An English edition, Antiquity Explained and Represented in Figures, reduced to 5 volumes was published in 1721.
You are purchasing the 1719 French version.