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Art and Antiques from Thailand & South East Asia, and Rare Books
Art and Antiques from Thailand & South East Asia, and Rare Books

The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, 1888 limited edition.


The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, newly translated into English by John Addington Symonds, with engraved portrait and eight etchings by F. Laguillermie. Also eighteen reproductions of the Works of the Master. in Two Volumes. 

Published by John C. Nimmo, London, 1888. 1st English edition. Limited edition - 500 copies of this edition for England. 250 for America.

A good attractive set of this autobiography by the Italian artist and writer, Benvenuto Cellini. Leather spines with gilt titles and green linen boards with gilt motif. Covers are rubbed and shelf worn (see photos). Original ribbons. Gilt top edge. Other edges of text have foxing. Some occasional spotting throughout the book, but generally nice and clean. In places the page joints are showing through, but all remain bound. An attractive, if imperfect, set.

Vol. 1: lxxxviii + 321pp + plates.
Vol. 2: vI + 453pp + Nimmo's Autumn list of new books for October 1887 with 23pp.

Dimensions: Each volume approximately 241mm x 187mm x 40mm.  A substantial set weighing 2.75kg unpacked.