Oblong folio, pp. [2, dedication], 10 leaves of descriptive letterpress, with coloured frontispiece and 13 coloured lithos; bound in original printed wrappers, front cover with printed title acting as title-page, some minor dust-soiling and light marginal stains, some short marginal tears repaired; sewn as issued, cloth portfolio.
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Piccoli Bronzi del Real Museo Borbonico … descritti e disegnati da Carlo Ceci.
Second edition (with three extra plates) of this exhibition catalogue of ancient artefacts excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum on display at the Real Museo Borbonico (today Museo Nazionale) in Naples, and here illustrated and described by its curator, Carlo Ceci. The plates display a mixture of decorative bronzes, ornamental armour and weaponry, votive offerings, as well as more mundane items such as tools. Ceci was particularly interested in everyday objects used by Roman women, such as kitchen utensils, cosmetics, and toiletries.
The illustrations are very fine. The first litho shows the excavations in progress; all have colours added by a contemporary hand. The first edition was published in 1854.
Borroni 1870; Murray, Museums, II, p. 46.
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