Milan: Dalla Stamperia Reale, 1810. Hardcover. Giuseppe Bossi (1777 – 1815) was an Italian painter, arts administrator and writer on art. He ranks among the foremost figures of Neoclassical culture in Lombardy, along with Ugo Foscolo, Giuseppe Parini, Andrea Appiani or Manzoni. Bossi devoted a large part of his life to the study of the works of Leonardo, whose drawing manner he imitated accurately enough for his productions to have passed as Leonardos and his last work was a series of drawings in monochrome representing incidents in the life of that great master. He left unfinished a large cartoon in black chalk of the Dead Christ in the bosom of Mary, with John and the Magdalene. In 1810 he published this monumental work titled Del Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci, which had the merit of greatly interesting Goethe, who shared Bossi's urgent dream of saving Leonardo's fresco [Wikipedia]. This work comprises four books dealing with different aspects of Da Vinci's life and art. Large folio bound in full brown leather with gilt ornament to front cover, raised spine bands and gilt titling to black leather spine label. Leather is scraped, rubbed, soiled and bumped, and spine has been rebacked. Evidence of library call number at bottom of spine and glue remnants on rear pastedown where signout card removed. A.e.g. Text pages are generally clean and bright with some age toning to margins and occasional light foxing. With engraved frontis of Da Vinci's only self portrait and five additional plates, with the sixth one unfortunately missing. In Italian. 263 pages. ART/040521. Very Good -.
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Paris: Chez Moutard, Libraire-Imprimeur de la Reine & de l'Académie des Sciences, Hôtel de Cluni, 1787. Hardcover. First edition in French. The first edition was issued in Dutch in 1712. An influential work for many 18th century painters. Known as the "Dutch Poussin" (after the French Baroque painter), Gerard de Lairesse (1641 - 1711) was a popular Dutch painter known for his classical style. In this work he gives extensive directions supported with numerous diagrams on proper classical proportions, value, composition, and more. Both volumes are bound in full marbled tan calf with red title and volume labels to spines. Gilt titles and decorations to spines. Wear to edges and corners of boards with cracks to front hinges of both volumes; although, the boards remain firmly attached. A few sporadic spots of foxing, penciled notes from a bookseller in French to endpapers, and penned signature from a previous owner to bottom of title pages. Marbled endpapers and full red edges. Includes 33 plates in Volume I, with 2 that fold out plus frontispiece portrait, which has been pasted down, and 2 plates in Volume II, with 1 that folds out. Bookplates of du Chateau de Marchienne to pastedowns of both volumes. This 17th century castle located in Belgium was owned by the de Cartiers before the French Revolution. The castle survived the revolution; however the de Cartiers were no longer the lords. The family remained in the town and were given municipal tasks. They worked to industrialize the township into the 20th century. Interestingly, there is a gilt stamp to the front boards of both volumes: "Donne A Lecole Centrale du Dept. de la Seine in Fre L'an 6 De da Rep. Francoise, " which translates to "Given to the Central School of the Department of the Lower Seine the year 6 of the French Republic." Bookshop sticker from a shop in Brussels to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library stickers to spine ends of both volumes and to endpapers. Date of May 2, 1962 stamped to front endpapers of both volumes. Volume 1 is 527 pages; Volume 2 is 662 pages. FRE/082522. Very Good.
Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1866. Hardcover. Folio. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with minor rubbing and wear to hinges, edges, boards, and corners. A few minor pulls to leather. Includes 51 plates with a two page description proceeding each plate. Text is printed with large woodcut initials in various colors. Occasional light smudge marks and small spots of foxing to margins, but very clean and bright overall. Tight binding. Top edge gilt and marbled endpapers. Unpaginated. ART/011821. Very Good.
Hannover, Germany: Quensen, 1989. Hardcover. Inserted is an original color signed lithograph by Eberhard Eggers, number 5 of 50 copies dated 1988. An interesting German publication exploring the striking graphic works of Eberhard Eggers. There are more than 200 color and black and white images. Wilhelm Paul Eberhard Eggers (1939-2004) was a German graphic artist, painter,sculptor,and Freemason. Artistically, he was considered a representative of modern fantastic realism, whose works are mainly mannerist in their richness of images [Wiki]. Bound in light brown cloth with gilt title to front cover. In a pictorial blue dust jacket with title in black to spine and front cover. Jacket has light signs of handling. Near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12 inches. 166 pages ART/072722. Near Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie and Barrie, circa 1880. Hardcover. Includes 60 plates and many wood engravings. Plates are by Charles Baugniet, W.A. Bouguereau, G.R.C. Boulanger, Alex Cabanel, J.L. Gerome, Hugues Merle, and many others. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over pebbled black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing and wear to boards and all leather. Pulls and rubbing to leather on spine and corners. Minor dampstaining to bottom corners of first few pages. Foxing, mostly to margins, of many pages including plates. Occaional smudge marks. Clean overall. Chipping and closed tears to front free endpaper. 187 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/062019. Very Good.