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Polygraphice: or The arts of drawing, engraving, etching, limning, painting, washing, varnishing, gilding, colouring, dying, beautifying and perfuming. In seven books. Exemplified, in the drawing of men, women, landskips, countreys, and figures of various forms; the way of engraving, etching and limning, ... the depicting of the most eminent pieces of antiquities; the paintings of the antients; ... The whole doctrine of perfumes (never published till now,) together with the original, advancement and perfection of the art of painting: and a discourse of perspective, chiromancy and alchymy. To which also is added, I. The one hundred and twelve chymical arcanums of Petrus Johannes Faber, a most learned and eminent physician, translated out of Latin into English. II. An abstract of choice chymical preparations, fitted for vulgar use, for curing most diseases incident to humane bodies. The fifth edition : . . . Adorned with XXV. copper sculptures

London: printed for Thomas Passinger at the Three Bibles on London-Bridge; and Thomas Sawbridge at the Three Flower de Luces in Little-Brittain, MDCLXXXV [1685]. Early Printing. Full Calf. The most popular of Salmon's numerous books, here in the greatly expanded fifth edition. Thick crown 8vo (186 x 109mm): [64],767,[1]pp, with frontispiece portrait of Salmon at age 27 and additional engraved pictorial title page (both by W. Sherwin) and 23 numbered leaves of plates. Contemporary brown calf boards beautifully rebacked to style, spine in six compartments between gilt-ruled raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, end papers renewed. Small old ink blot at lower right corner of plates (never entering image), plate xvi embrowned, else a handsome, tightly bound copy, generally clean throughout with only occasional light foxing and stains and toning to page edges. Wing S448. Lowndes III, 2180. Levis (Bib of Engraving), pp. 14-15. Near Fine. Item #BB2201

Originally published in 1672, this edition "enlarged with above a thousand considerable additions, in seven books," on drawing; etching, engraving, and limning; washing, colouring, dying, varnishing, and gilding; perfection of the art of painting; and the arts of beautifying, perfuming, alchemy, and chiromancy; 112 arcanums of Peter John Faber, physician, and a cabinet of choice medicines. Salmon, principally an itinerant apothecary and alchemist, explained "polygraphice" as a Greek compound intending to join in one "proper and comprehensive word Painting, Drawing, Engraving, Etching, Limning, Washing, Colouring and Dying." In addition, according to the DNB, "descriptions are given of the ways of representing the passions and emotions in portraiture [physiognomy]." In other words, this is an eminently practical manual of interest to all kinds of artists and craftsmen. The year following publication of this edition, there was at least one copy in America, when William Byrd of Virginia wrote to his London agent to order a copy for John Bannister, the naturalist and botanist. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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