Paris: Chez Vincent, 1776. Hardcover. Bound in 2 volumes: A - K and L - Z. An extensive dictionary of artists including painters, musicians, actors, dancers, engravers, printers, clockmakers, and mechanics. The dates of birth and death and a brief biography is listed for each cited artist. Very good minus in full brown leather with maroon title labels and black volume labels to spines. Six compartments to spines with raised bands and gilt decoration. The front hinge of volume one is cracked. The corners are bumped, edges worn, spine ends chipped, and leather cracked. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpages of both volumes. Page 281 / 282 of volume 2 has a long closed tear and paper imperfection to following page. Scattered foxing throughout and a spots of dampstaining to beginning and end of volume one. Marbled endpage and full red edges. 772 pages in volume one and 95 pages in volume two. FRE/011513. Very Good.
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1715. Hardcover. Third edition of this magnificent book that, despite its title, describes the building of St. Peter's Basilica, based on the plans of Michelangelo, illustrated by gorgeous and detailed plates of his plans for the interior and exterior. The first edition appeared in 1696. This edition has seven additional plates. The author, Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723) was an important Jesuit scholar. His many works included treatises on fields ranging from anatomy to music. He created the earliest practical illustrated guide for shell collectors in 1681, for which he is considered a founder of conchology. He also published a study of lacquer that has been of lasting value since his death. This book comprises 36 chapters with 92 plates. The plates are numbered 1-86; however, two plates have multiples with the same number and there are actually 92 total plates.The plates are stunning. Many were engraved by the famed Hieronymus Frezza, Arnoldo Van Westerhout, or Alexander Specchi. There are illustrations of architectural renderings, statuary, sepulchres, doorways, the Vatican Palace, and much more. Bound in contemporary vellum with red leather spine label. The vellum is soiled, stained and bumped, and the spine label is chipped. As is typical with vellum, the front board curls out. The title page is lightly foxed, as are a few text pages, but the rest of the interior pages and plates are in very good to near fine condition. Notable is that none of the several fold-out plates has any damage as is often the case with fold-out illustrations and maps. A treasure of a book. Folio measuring 14.5 x 9.25 inches. 218 pages plus plates. ARCH/011621. Very Good.
n.p. Cheloniidae Press, 1979. A stunning black and white print of a majestic bald eagle in flight. This is the last available print of a sold out edition of 50. Signed and dated by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The eagle is shown from the side with his head extended and wings held wide. In fine condition. Image is 17.5 x 23.5 inches; in mat it is 21.5 x 25 inches. ORIGART/072517. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1978. State Proof. One of only a few copies printed for Robinson's Masters Thesis Show in 1978. With title, state proof, and signature in pencil on the lower margin. This striking black and white print of Robinson in turtle armor and with an image of a turtle and its skeleton next to him anticipates his founding of the Cheloniidae Press the following year. Cheloniidae is the name given to a family of Sea Turtle species. Robinson is shown in profile up to his shoulders and his turtle armor on his head and body given him the air of a Renaissance man. The turtle images are meticulously and realistically depicted. Image is 17.5 x 23 inches on heavy paper measuring 21 x 27 inches. In fine condition. ORIGART/073117. Fine.
n.p. A charming signed original etching by noted German graphic designer and sculptor, Renee Sentenis (1888-1965). The etching depicts her beloved terrier, Oscar. He appears with her in several of portraits of her. Sentenis was well known for her sculpture, particularly of animals and athletes. She was married to the calligrapher and book designer Emil Weiss. Her work is found in museums and galleries world-wide. This print shows a sitting Oscar from behind. Printed on off-white paper which has tanned slightly, and signed in pencil. Very good condition. 6 x 8 inches. ORIG/110414. Very Good.