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Illustrated by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (Italian (Florentine), 1727–1785, active in London), Illustrated by Charles-Nicolas Cochin le fils (French, 1715–1790), Illustrated by Pietro Antonio Martini (Italian, 1738–1797), Illustrated by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune (French, 1741–1814), Portrait(s) designed by Johann Nepomuk Steiner (Czech, 1725–1793), Engraved by Charles Étienne Gaucher (French, 1741–1804), Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, worked in Italy, England, and Portugal, 1728–1815), Engraved by Manuel Salvador Carmona (Spanish, 1734–1820), Engraved by Remi Henri Joseph Delvaux (French, 1748/50–1823), Engraved by Antoine Jean Duclos (French, 1742–1795), Engraved by Jean Jacques André Le Veau (French, 1729–1785), Engraved by Jean Massard (1740–1822), Engraved by Carlo Antonio Porporati (Italian, 1741–1816), Engraved by Benoît-Louis Prévost (French, about 1735–about 1804), Engraved by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (French, 1736–1807), Engraved by Jean Baptiste Simonet (French, 1742–1813), Engraved by Philippe Trière (French, 1756–about 1815), Author Pietro Metastasio (Italian, 1698–1782)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 706


Overall: 27.5 x 21.8 x 1.5 cm (10 13/16 x 8 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Set of 38 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Bound sets

(Paris: 1780[-1783]) Quarto; 39 leaves; modern gilt-stamped half red morocco, red marbled paper boards.

Author portrrait; literary illustrations.

Paris: 1780[-1783]


Acquired in 1915 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