Record number 04/238
TitleRecueil D'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Etrusques, Grecques Et Romaines.
ImprintA Paris: Chez Desaint & Saillant, rue S. Jean de Beauvais, vis-à-vis le Collége, M. DCC. LII. (- MDCCLXVII.)
Physical Description7 vols.; 243 mm. (Quarto).
Physical Description NoteVol. I: xxi, 548 p., 107 pl. - Vol. II: [ii], viii, 429, [3] p., front., 126 [i.e. 128] pl. (There are ter pl. 58). Pl. 57, 58 and pl. 67, 68 are in reverse order. - Vol. III: xxxvi, 448 p., front., 121 pl. (Pl. 53, 54 are transposed.) - Vol. IV: xx, 418, [2] p., front., 125 pl. - Vol. V: xxvi, [ii], 348 p., front., 120 pl. - Vol. VI: xx, 414, [2] p., front., 130 pl. - Vol. VII: [iv], xxviii, 336 p., front., 97 pl.
Content Format NoteVol. I: . - Vol. II: [Front., t.p.] - Avertissement - Explication Des Vignettes Et Des Culs-De-Lampe - [Text and pl.] - Table Des Matieres ...; Extrait Des Registres de l'Académie Royale ...; Privilege ... - Fautes A Corriger. - Vol. III: [Half-t., front., t.p.] - Préface - Explication Des Vignettes ... - [Text and pl.] - Table Des Principlaes Matieres ...; Fautes A Corriger. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., front., t.p.] - Préface - Corrections & Additions pour le premier (- troisiéme) Volume - Explications Des Vignettes ... - [Text and pl.] - Table Des Principales Matieres ...; Extrait Des Registres de l'Académie Royale ...; Privilege .... - Vol. V: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Préface - Corrections Et Additions pour le quatrième Volume - Explication Des Vignettes ... - Extrait Des Registres de l'Académie Royale ...; Privilege ... - [Text and pl.] - Table Des Principales Matieres ...; Fautes à corriger ... . - Vol. VI: [Half-t., front., t.p.] - Préface - Explication Des Vignettes ... - Corrections & Additions pour le cinquième Volume - [Text & pl.] - Table Des Principlaes Matieres ... - Avis. - Vol. VII: [Front., t.p.] - Extrait Des Registres De L'Académie Royale ...; Lettres portant renouvellement de Privilége ...; Errata; [printer's imprint] - Éloge Historique De M. Le Comte De Caylus ... par M. le Beau ... - [Publisher's advertisement] - Préface - [Text and pl.] - Table Des Principales Matieres ... .
Summary NoteThe publication-dates given on the seven title-pages were: 1752, 1756, 1759, 1761, 1762, 1764 and 1767. (A new edition of Volume I was published in 1761.)

Variants of title and imprint occur as follows:

Vol. II: 'Recueil D'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Etrusques, Grecques Et Romaines A Paris, Chez Duchesne, Libraire rue S. Jacques, au bas de la Fontaine Saint Benoît, au Temple du Gout. - M.DCC.LVI.';

Vol. III: 'Recueil D'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Etrusques, Grecques, Romaines Et Gauloises. Tome Troisieme. A Paris, Chez Desaint & Saillant, rue Saint Jean de Beauvais, vis-à-vis le Collége. - M.DCC.LIX.';

Vols. IV-VI: 'Recueil D'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Etrusques, Grecques, Romaines Et Gauloises. Tome Quatrième. (- Sixieme.) A Paris, Chez N.M. Tilliard, Libraire, quai des Augustins, à Saint Benoît. - M.DCC.LXI. (M.DCC.LXII.) (M.DCC.LXIV.) Avec Approbation Et Privilége Du Roi.' [The half-title of Vol. VI reads, 'Recueil D'Antiquités. - Tome Sixieme & Dernier.'];

Vol. VII: 'Recueil D'Antiquités Égyptiennes, Étrusques, Grecques, Romaines Et Gauloises. Supplément, Tome Septieme. A Paris, Chez N.M. Tilliard, Libraire, Quai des Augustins, à Saint Benoît. - M.DCC.LXVII. Avec Approbation Et Privilége Du Roi.'

The author is not named on the title pages, but the dedication in Volume I is from Caylus.

This Recueil was one of the studies of antiquity most widely read in the eighteenth century.

The plates in each volume show Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Gallo-Roman antiquities. Most show small sculptures, but some show vases, mosaics, lamps, inscriptions or architectural constructions. A few are maps.
Responsibility NoteMost frontispieces and plates are unsigned. But in Volume II plates 108, 109, 111 (maps) are signed as engraved or drawn by Delahaye l'Ainé; in Vol. III pl. 28-30 are signed as drawn and engraved by Vassé, pl. 51 as by 'Poussin', pl. 73 as drawn and engraved by Le Fevre; in Vol. IV pl. 106 is signed as written by P.L. Charpentier and pl. 115, 116, 124 (maps) as engraved by P.P. Choffard; in Vol. V pl. 26 is signed as engraved by P.L. Charpentier; in Vol. VI pl. 112 is signed illegibly, pl. 125 as 'Barabe reduc. [illegible] sculp.', and pl. 126, 127 as engraved by P.P. Choffard; in Vol. VII the frontispiece portrait of Caylus is signed as drawn and engraved by Littret 1766, plates 39, 41, 42 as drawn by Franc. Bartoli, pl. 87 (map) as engraved by Chalmandrier 1765.

Most in-text decorations are unsigned. But in Volume II the tailpiece on p. 168 is signed as drawn by Bouchardon and engraved by 'Cs.' (?), and in Volume V the title-page vignette is signed by Le Fevre.

The printer of Volume VII is named in a note: 'De l'Imprimerie de C.F. Simon, Imprimeur de la Reine, & de l'Archevêché, rue des Mathurins, 1767.'
SubjectAntiquities, Egyptian - Antiquities, Greek - Antiquities, Etruscan - Antiquities, Roman - Antiquities, French - Art, ancient - History
Art history - Archaeology - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century
Name as Subject Caylus, Philippe Claude Anne de Tubières, comte de, 1692 - 1765
ReproductionsA microfilm version was published in 1989 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).
ReferencesI. Aghion, ed., Caylus mécène du roi [exhibition catalogue] (2002); C. Grell, Le dix-huitième siècle et l'antiquité en France 1680-1789 (1995); F. Haskell, History and its images: art and the interpretation of the past (1993), p. 179-85; R.T. Ridley, 'A pioneer art historian and archaeologist of the eighteenth century: the comte de Caylus and his Recueil', in Storia dell'arte 76 (1992), p. 362-375; J. Guillerme, 'Caylus technologue: note sur les commencements d'une discipline', in Revue de l'art 60 (1983), p. 47-50.
Copy NoteImperfect; lacks Volume I. (The Academy Library has the 'Nouvelle Edition' (1761) of Volume I.)
Binding Note18th-century marbled calf; rebacked in 20th century. gilt-decorated spines, brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Recueil D'Antiqui Tom. II (-VII)'.
ProvenanceAcquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in A Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).
Variant TitleRecueil D'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Etrusques, Grecques, Romaines Et Gauloises
Contributors Caylus, Philippe Claude Anne de Tubières, comte de, 1692 - 1765, author, engraver?
Duchesne, Nicolas Bonaventure, 1711? - 1765, publisher
Saillant, Charles, 1716 - 1786, publisher
Tilliard, Nicolas-Martin, 1723? - 1773, publisher
Simon, Claude-François, 1710? - 1767, printer
Lebeau, Charles, 1701 - 1778, Eloge Historique De M. Le Comte De Caylus
Delahaye, fl. ca. 1756 - 1764?, engraver
Vassé, Louis-Claude, 1716 - 1772, draughtsman, engraver
Lavallée-Poussin, Etienne de, 1735 - 1802, draughtsman
Choffard, Pierre-Philippe, 1730 - 1809, engraver
Littret de Montigny, Claude Antoine, ca. 1735 - 1775, draughtsman, engraver
Bartoli, Francesco, 1675? - 1730?, draughtsman
Bouchardon, Edmé, 1698 - 1762, draughtsman
Desaint Et Saillant (Paris). publisher
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