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De la nature des choses

Lucrèce, de la nature des choses

Illustrated by Charles Monnet (French, 1732–after 1808), Engraved by Pierre Philippe Choffard (French, 1730–1809), Engraved by Jean Dambrun (French, 1741–about 1808), Engraved by Jean Louis Delignon (French, 1755–about 1804), Engraved by Emmanuel Jean Nepomucène de Ghendt (Flemish, worked in France, 1738–1815), Engraved by Charles Louis Lingée (French, 1748–1819), Author Titus Lucretius Carus, Publisher Bleuet (18th century), Printer Pierre François Didot (French, 1731–1793)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 665


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 32.4 x 25.5 x 4.5 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with eight etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Didot le jeune, for Bleuet, l’an deuxième [1794]) Quarto, two vols.; [v. 1] 179 leaves, plus 4 plates; [v. 2] 213 ll., plus 4 pls.; later gilt-stamped mottled brown calf.

Allegorical and literary illustrations.

Paris: Didot le jeune, for Bleuet, l’an deuxième [1794]


Acquired in 1925 from Lardanchet, Lyons, by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent