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This gorgeous tooled leather bound book made in 1891 is a comprehensive guide to the Italian Renaissance or Art.
Writtten in the French Launguage by 30 year professor of Renaissance art Eugene Muntz who passed in 1901.
It has many pictures and at least 15 photogravuers in excellent condition.

It is a thorough tome of every kind of Renaissance art including its roots based in Roman Catholic arcitecture as early as Tiberius and Alexander and includes well known artists and sculptors such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Davinci, Solari and many more.

Very rare book, I saw a much later reprint (1985) of one of Eugene Muntz's books selling for 165.00 book shop price.

A copy of this magnificent rare book is in the Smithsonian Museum, you can view their entire book by copy pasting this link to your browser.


This book is in better condition as the one in the Smithsonian looks to be missing most of its spine.
How valuable must this awesome original antique beauty be.

The leather bound, heavily embossed cover is the same on both sides with some sort of gold embossed medallion in the center also on both sides.

There are over 800 pages and it still retains its woven silk marker and its original gold leaf edging.

The cover is in good condition for its age, though the spine has some degree of edge wear as shown.

A big book it is 11 inches tall by 8 inches wide and 3 inches thick. with over 300 illustrations inside.

The inside cover pages are browned but once past those its in very good clean condition and appears the pages are less browned than the museum copy.
On the pages in Davinci where the stitched in marker was last placed there are about 20 pages that have a half dollar size faded stain on the bottom right (not in any of the writing or picture margins). Also one of the 3 cover pages has a 2 inch tear and some of the rice paper which protects the photogravures have rips in them.

One unique thing, if you run your fingers over the words they feel slightly raised off the paper- no doubt has to do with the printing of the day being more like engraving and how the ink was applied, evidently this book was made in the highest quality process available in the day. It has to take alot of ink to create a raised surface.

The printer was Librairie Hatchett el Cie, one of France's famed publishers who opened in 1802. They are known for thier high quality workmanship.

I am not a book collector by nature so hoping to get this in the right hands of someone who knows how to preserve and store it so it stays safe for future generations.

thus I have it priced to sell

Please ask questions I am happy to answer them and /or send more pictures direct to your email.
I can only add 5 pictures in etsy but if you need more information and pictures I am happy to send more info on anything I sell so please ask.

shipping to USA only
cost 30.00 priority mail insured

Important 1890s History of Renaissance Art - Raphel, Davinci, Donatello, Solari by Eugene Muntz French - Smithsonian museum


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