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Lot 0471
Author: Graevius, Joannis Georg and Pieter Burman
Title: Thesaurus Antiquitatum et Historiarum Italiae...
Place Published: Lvgdvni Batavorvm
Publisher:Vander Aa
Date Published: 1704-1725

9 volumes in 22 (of 30?). With extra engraved title pages, title vignettes, title pages printed in black and red, most volumes with multiple title pages; numerous engraved portraits, maps, and views, many double-page or fold-out, engraved initials, head and tail devices; printed in double columns. (Folio) 42.5x26.5 cm (16¾x10½"), period vellum, spine labels printed in gilt.

22 volumes of the extensive Italian history began by Graevii and continued by Pieter Burman. With hundreds of engraved portraits of historical figures, detailed maps and scenes. Pieter Burman was appointed professor of history for the United Provinces and in 1724 he became the 9th Librarian of Leiden University. His numerous editorial and critical works spread his fame as a scholar throughout Europe. The 1725 tome has no volume number assigned, and is perhaps a later addition to the work. Very scarce, with no auction records located since 1984.


  • Volume [?]. 1725.

  • Vol.2, parts 1 & 2. 1704.

  • Vol.3, parts 1 & 2. 1704

  • Vol.4, parts 1 & 2. 1722

  • Vol. 5, part 4. 1722 .

  • Vol. 6, parts 1,3, and 4.1722.

  • Vol. 7. part 2. 1722.

  • Vol. 8, parts 1, 3 and 4. 1723.

  • Vol. 9, parts 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. 1723.

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Varying degrees of wear and soiling to vellum, library numbers/labels to spine heels, varying degrees of chipping to spine labels, some worn nearly completely away, some volumes with loss to spine vellum or vellum starting to pull away from boards; occasional library stamp to title page or front pastedown, varying degrees of toning to text blocks, scattered spotting and light foxing; vol. 9. part 8 in lesser condition than the other volumes, with heavy dampstaining to binding, rear board lacking (vellum still present), dampstaining to margins throughout, cracked at middle, perhaps missing a plate; interiors otherwise sound and apparently complete (though have not been collated), plates, maps etc., in very good condition with occasional toning or bit of foxing, irregular fold, etc.

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Graevii's Italian History, 22 vols. 1704-1725

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Aug 23, 2018