A New System, Or, An Analysis of Ancient Mythology.

A New System, Or, An Analysis of Ancient Mythology.
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London: T. Payne, 1775/1776. 3 vols, 4to, xx, 516; [2], vi, 535; viii, 602 pp, with 31 engravings on the 30 listed plates. A very good and attractive set in clean condition, bound in original calf with gilt decorated rules to covers, and gilt decoration to spine panels, with six compartments and red and black labels. Vols I and II second edition (1775), and Vol III only edition (1796). The three maps are lacking. All other illustrations are present in good condition but including usual offsetting and a few showing minor mottling and browning. Plate XI, stated in the List of Plates to be a Bartolozzi engraved plate designed by Cypriani from an original onyx Camaio by the Greek artist Tryphon is the correct plate, although in fact it bears no plate No. and the imprint " G. B. Cipriani Del, I.K. Sherwin Sculp.". Although Bartolozzi normally signs his studio's plates, J. K. Sherwin was an apprentice of Bartolozzi's, and presumably was allowed to sign his engraving in this instance. The plate's design matches "The Marriage of Eros and Psyche" from Tryphon's Camaio in the Duke of Marlborough's Collection (see e.g Wikipaedia: "The Marlborough Gem"). Bentley, BB, 439. Essick, CBI, p. 117 entry C. (Item Id: 108757)

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