Aug 13, 2020 - Sale 2544

Sale 2544 - Lot 2

Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500


Énéïde-- Suite de Compositions; [bound with] Compositions tirées des Géorgiques.
Over-sized folio volume, two titles bound as one; first volume [troisième livraison] illustrated lithographic title and seventy-two lithographs of seventy-eight (lacking plates 57, 63, 79, 80, 81, and 85); second volume with lithographic title, portrait of Girodet, and four other plates (complete); bound in contemporary half leather with marbled paper boards, foxing, inner joints reinforced with cloth tape; in total seventy-seven lithographs; 54x40 cm. Paris: Chez Constans, & Henry Gaugain, Lambert, & Cie., n.d. [1825-30].

Girodet ultimately produced 166 drawings to illustrate Virgil's Aeneid. His classical approach emphasizes idealized nude human forms throughout. Muscular soldiers and sailors abound in these delicately rendered lithographic versions of the original drawings. The touching story of the soldiers Nisus and Euryalus is illustrated here, friends and lovers who tragically die together in Book Nine.Paris: Chez Constans, & Henry Gaugain, Lambert, & Cie., n.d. [1825-30].

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