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Provenance: bookplate, probably late 19th century, of Biblioteka Gertsova Georgii Georgievicha Mecklenburgskova (library of Herzog von Mecklenburg)
Remarks: this is an incomplete set of a work published in 30 parts, in two volumes; each part should consist of text and 4 plates; see collation for details.
According to the dedication leaf (to the Russian empress), the work was commissioned by the emperor, and represents largely unpublished material.
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
In a strangely illuminated cave a holy man is distracted from his prayers by all manner of hideous or fancifully ugly creatures who would draw him into sinful ways.