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Disquisitions upon the Painted Greek Vases, and their probable connection with the shows of the Eleusian and other mysteries

Christie, James

London. William Bulmer and Co, T. Becket. 1806
Privately printed first edition which James Christie had circulated to 'a learned few'; this copy inscribed by Christie on initial blank in sepia ink: 'To / W[ilia]m. Chinnery Esq. / from the Author'.

This privately printed edition pre-dates the published edition by 19 years (1806 as opposed to 1825).

James Christie, auctioneer and member of the Society of Dilettanti, believed that the images on Greek vases derivedfrom 'the mystic theology of the ancients'. For his examples he drew on the collections of the British Museum and Thomas Hope.
pp. vii, 99. Folio. (390 x 278 mm). Illustrated with 16 engraved plates, and decorative head-pieces. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco-backed red paper boards, gilt title and elaborate decorative tooling to spine, marbled endpapers.

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