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Illustrated by Charles-Nicolas Cochin le fils (French, 1715–1790), Illustrated by Charles Eisen (French, 1720–1778), Illustrated by Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (French, 1715–1759), Illustrated by Louis Claude Vassé (French, 1716–1772), Engraved by Jacques Aliamet (French, 1726–1788), Engraved by Jean Charles Baquoy (French, 1721–1777), Engraved by Pierre Chenu (French, born in 1730), Engraved by Jean Jacques Flipart (French, 1719–1782), Engraved by Claude Olivier Gallimard (French, 1720–1774), Engraved by Louise Le Daulceur (French, 18th century), Engraved by Noël Le Mire (French, 1724–1801), Engraved by Dominique Sornique (French, died in 1756), Engraved by Jacques Nicolas Tardieu (French, 1716–1791), Author Titus Lucretius Carus

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 665-66; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 9


Overall (each vol.): 22.2 x 14.5 x 3.2 cm (8 3/4 x 5 11/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with two etched and engraved titles and 20 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam [i.e., Paris]: 1754) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 124 leaves, plus title and 4 plates; [v. 2] 150 ll., plus 4 pls.; contemporary[?] gilt-stamped red morocco.

Engraved titles; illustrations to Lucretius’s text; decorative vignettes and tailpieces.

Amsterdam [i.e., Paris]: 1754


Acquired in 1919 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