Die Graeber der Hellenen
Berlin, G. Reimer (Gedruckt bei A.W. Hayn), 1837
First edition of Von Stackelberg’s last book, an illustrated study of Greek tomb-reliefs and of objects found in tombs, with remarks on the burial customs of the Greeks. In this copy, twenty-seven of the plates are coloured, “reflecting the considerable contemporary interest in the polychromy of Greek art” (Age of Neoclassicism). In the Blackmer copy, twenty-six plates are “coloured or partly so” by “an amateur”; Navari believed “coloured copies do not appear to be known”. Another like ours, with twenty-seven partly-coloured plates, was sold by Christie’s, Paris, 9 June 2006, lot 132 (ex-library of Victor Duchataux); other copies with some plates coloured are in the Gennadius Library and Library of Congress.