Les Tables Eugubines - Texte, Traduction et Commentaire - avec une Grammaire et une Introduction historique
Author: Bréal, Michel Year: 1875 Edition: First edition Publisher: Paris; F. Vieweg Category: Arts &tc. Price: € 800.-
Two volumes: text volume in octavo (242 x 175 mm) plus atlas volume in folio (352 x 275 mm). The text volume bound in later 3/4 brown calf with marbled paper boards. The edges of the leather along the marbled paper richly gilt. The spine divided in six compartments by five raised bands with the gilt titles in the second compartment. The other compartments gilt decorated too and the raised bands gilt ruled. Top edges gilt, the other edges uncut. The atlas volume bound in later full brown calf, the same leather as the text volume and with the same gilt decoration along the sides of the boards plus gilt inner dentelles. The spine divided in six compartments by five raised bands with the gilt titles in the second and fourth compartments. The spine gilt decorated identically as the one of the text volume. All edges gilt.
Collation as follows:
Text volume: 1st title page, half title, 2nd title page, pp. lxvii, 1, 395 with page nr. 307 misnumbered 730, one table h.t. and one preliminary and trailing blank. Atlas volume: half title, title page, 10 full page photogravures and 3 double page photogravures. Three preliminary and trailing blanks.
The text volume with some unobtrusive spotting and occasionally some very minor browning, wear to extremities. The atlas volume with a damaged spine: the leather of the lower compartment fully missing, as well as the upper half of the upper compartment, corners bumped. The other compartments fine. The boards of both volumes slightly rubbed. Despite the damage of the spine of the atlas still an attractive set and very rare when complete with this atlas volume.
Michel Jules Alfred Bréal was born in Landau in the Palatinate in 1832. He was a linguist, educated in Wissembourg (North Eastern France), Metz, Paris and Berlin, where he studied Sanskrit. From 1866 till 1905 he was a professor at the École pratique des hautes études and the Collège de France. In 1875 he published this book about the Iguvine Tables and is the author of several other linguistic scientific works. He died in Paris in 1915.
The Iguvine Tables is a set of seven inscribed bronze tables which were discovered by a farmer in 1444 at Iguvium, nowadays Gubbio, in the Italian province of Perugia. The tables are written in the Umbrian language and their origin dates back from the 3rd century B.C. till the 1st century B.C. They are of great importance concerning the study of ancient Italic religion and language.