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La Pharsale

Illustrated by Hubert François Gravelot (French, 1699–1773), Engraved by Antoine Jean Duclos (French, 1742–1795), Engraved by Emmanuel Jean Nepomucène de Ghendt (Flemish, worked in France, 1738–1815), Engraved by Noël Le Mire (French, 1724–1801), Engraved by François Denis Née (French, 1735–1818), Engraved by Jean François Rousseau (French, born in 1740), Engraved by Jean Baptiste Simonet (French, 1742–1813), Author Lucan (A.D. 39–65), Translator Jean-François Marmontel (French, 1723–1799), Publisher Joseph Merlin (French, 1718–1783), Printer André-François Le Breton (French, 1708–1779)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 662


Overall (each vol.): 19.8 x 13.2 x 3.4 cm (7 13/16 x 5 3/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 11 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Le Breton, for Merlin, 1766) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 194 leaves, plus 6 plates; [v. 2] 211 ll., plus 5 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped marbled brown calf.

Allegorical frontispiece; literary illustrations.

Paris: Le Breton, for Merlin, 1766


Acquired in 1906 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