Small folio (35,5 x 28 cm), pp. , and 25 outline engraved plates mostly after Zahn; the plates with light spotting and offsetting here and there but not intrusive; bound in slightly later 19th century plain boards.
US $1640 €1398
First edition of this rare and fine pattern book of classical ornaments in marble, silver, bronze, ivory, and terracotta reproduced in outline engravings in order to instruct artists, craftsmen and fine art students. Zahn produced the volume from sketches made on his travels in southern Italy. Some of the designs were taken from pieces found in museums in Naples, but the majority are ornaments newly discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The work is produced with the same eye to detail as his earlier monumental Die schönsten Ornamente…aus Pompei, Berlin 1828-29 (interior decorations recently discovered at Pompeii, reproduced in glorious colour) and was published while he was busily issuing his monumental Ornamente alles klassischen Kunstepochen, Berlin 1843-48, again in colour.
The plates were issued in five parts, each with a descriptive leaf of printed text, which are dated from May 1842 to August 1844; they were bound up here and issued with a printed title-page dated 1844.
Berlin, Ornamental Vorlagenwerke, no. 105; with only 4 more copies located in Germany of which 2 are not complete; COPAC locates only the British Library; OCLC lists no copies in North America.
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