MÉMOIRES DE LITTERATURE, TIRÉZ DES REGISTRES DE L’ACADÉMIE ROYALE DES INSCRIPTIONS ET BELLES-LETTRES. DEPUIS L’ANNÉE M.DCC.XXXI. JUSQUÉS & COMPRIS L’ANNÉE M.DCC.XXXIII.
Amsterdam: Chez François Changuion, 1741. Tome Quinzième. 12mo, original full brown speckled calf; spine with five raised bands, decorated in gilt; two red morocco spine labels, gilt, the lower erroneously labeled “TOM XX”; all page edges red; marbled endpapers; silk marker. Title printed in red and black with engraved printer’s device signed B.P. (4), 624 pages; woodcut initials, tailpieces and other devices; 6 engraved folding plates depicting plans, assemblies and antiquities; one engraved text illustration depicting both sides of a Roman bronze coin of Gordian. Binding a trifle worn, but nearly fine and still very attractive. One folding plate with marginal wear from folding. Near fine. Item #5319
A scarce volume of the proceedings of the Académie Royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, including l’Abbé de Fontenu’s “Dissertation sur une Médaille de Gordien-Pie, & sur l’Histoire de la Ville de Sinope, où cette Médaille a été frappée.” The Academy was founded in 1663 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Often referred to as the “petite Académy,” this small group was responsible for advising on matters of iconography and the proper use of Latin on monuments, memorials and, notably, medals.