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Polymetis: or, an Enquiry Concerning the Agreement between the Works of the Roman Poets, and the Remains of the Antient Artists.

Engraved by Louis-Philippe Boitard I (French, worked in England, active 1734–1763), Engraved by George Vertue (English, 1684–1756), After Camillo Paderni (died about 1770), After Isaac Whood (English, 1688/89–1752), Author Rev. Joseph Spence (English, 1699–1768), Publisher Robert Dodsley (English, 1703–1764)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet V, 485-86; ESTC 133753


Overall: 41.8 x 27.5 x 5.2 cm (16 7/16 x 10 13/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 42 full-page engravings and numerous engraved vignettes

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: R. Dodsley, 1747) Folio; 188 leaves, plus 42 plates (some folding); modern gilt-stamped brown calf.

Author’s portrait; illustrations of classical sculpture, including engraved gems

London: R. Dodsley, 1747


Thomas Gaffield, by whom given to MFA Library, 1895; transferred to Print Dept., 1904.

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gaffield