Brusselle: Chez François Foppens, Libraire, M.DC.XCII . Early Reprint. Full Leather. Fifth Edition, "corrected and augmented by the author," of one of the most influential technical painting manuals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 12mo:,158,pp, with woodcut pantograph in text. Beautifully bound in period full speckled calf, spine richly gilt in five compartments divided by raised bands, expertly rebacked; edges speckled red, woodcut device to title page. An excellent copy of this scarce treatise on the technique of painting miniatures and the illumination of books and manuscripts, and on mixing "beautiful colors," credited to the French artist who devised the oldest known chromatic circles, or color wheels. Bound with a second seventeenth-century work on the symbolic meaning of colors, presumably OCLC Number: 42621914 (no imprint on title page, but from format [12mo] and pagination [78pp] the edition published in Amsterdam, by J. Sambix, in 1690, and usually attributed to Marc de Vulson de la Colombière). Both titles quite scarce. Blind stamp of Royal College of Art Library to title pages. Near Fine. Item #BB0217
Originally published in Paris, in 1673, followed by more than 30 editions in various European languages over the next 200 years, often with additions and alterations by anonymous authors. The extensive section devoted to flowers provides detailed instructions on the painting of roses, tulips, anemones, carnations, lilies, hyacinths, peonies, crocuses, irises, jasmine, tuberoses, hellebores, daffodils, and passion-flowers, among others. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. 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.).