Livre des paysages de Callot. Propre à la noblesse et aux ingenieurs pour apprendre a dessiner à la plume avec liberté, et en peu de temps.
Nicolas Langlois, 16601680, Paris, - Oblong 8vo. 177 x 242 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments. Engraved title in cartouche, engraved by J. Mariette (nr. 1), 2 engraved plates 'Advertissement' (nrs. 2-3), and 19 numbered engraved plates (nrs. 4-22; ca. 85 x 165 mm) of which one (rather clumsily) hand coloured, with landscapes and scenery, engraved by Israel Henriet after the designs by Jacques Callot. SILVESTRE, Israel. Leçons données aux pages du Roy. par le Sr. Silvestre, pour apprendre a dessigner la fortification, le paysage, &c. Paris, Nicolas Langlois, (ca. 1680?). Oblong 8vo. Engraved title, 22 engraved plates with fortifications, city views, horses, etc. (ca. 100 x 170 mm.) by or after the designs of Israel Silvestre, engraved by François Noblesse, after the designs of Callot, Louis François Collignon and others. Two rare print series with separate title-pages by two of the most famous and prolific French draughtsmen and engravers of the seventeenth century.On the title-pages of both series is explicitly mentioned that the series are very useful for drawing lessons of engeneers and young noblemen; the captions of the last two plates also mention this pupose.Ad 1: Rare printseries of finely designed and etched plates with scenery and pastoral landscapes by Jacques Callot (1592-1635), a famous French etcher and engraver. When still very young, Callot went to Rome where he studied with Thomassin and later with Antonio Tempesta. From 1614 to 1621 he worked at Florence for Cosimo II de' Medici. Then he returned to Nancy and worked for the Court of Lotharingen. He became so famous that Louis XIII instructed Callot to picture the sieges of La Rochelle and of Breda. Callot greatly influenced the next generation of French pictorial artists.Our series is the second issue, containing for the first time the two leaves with the 'Avertissement' (nrs. 2-3; in their first state; there is a second state with the address altered in "Chez J. Mariette'). The first issue has the title Divers paisages mis en lumière par Israel Dediez a Monseigneur Louis de Crevant . (Meaume 1098). Underneath the first plate (nr. 4)a second title is engraved: "Livre de divers Paisages min en lumiere par Langlois".The plates of the first issue were signed by the engraver Israel Henriet (1608-1661), now erased, and unnumbered.Ad 2: Most of the plates of the second series are engraved and/or designed by Israel Silvestre (1621-1691), also a well-known French draughtsman and engraver who specialized in topographical views and perspectives of famous buildings. Orphaned at an early age, he was taken in by his uncle in Paris, the etcher, printseller and friend of Callot, Israel Henriet. Between 1630 and 1650 Silvestre travelled widely in France and Italy, which he visited three times. His work, especially of Venetian subjects published in the 1660s, influenced eighteenth-century painters of vedute such as Canaletto.In 1661 he inherited the stock of plates of his uncle, Israel Henriet, among which was a large part of the works of Jacques Callot. In 1662 he was appointed 'dessinateur et graveur du Roi' and in 1673 he was appointed drawing-master to Louis, le Grand Dauphin. Silvestre's atelier was large: he had at least two pupils who had careers as engravers, François Noblesse and Meunier. Silvestre often made engravings after the drawings of Callot and also aimed at reproducing the highly esteemed and popular style of Callot. The series contains 22 unnumbered plates, often signed by Silvestre: 'Silvestre delin.', or 'Isreal ex.', apparently originally belonging to different series by or after Silvestre:- Nrs. 1-2 (also 3-9?), 21-22 belong to the series of 12 views: Livres de diverses veües de France, Rome et Florence. Faits par Israel Silvestre (Paris, Israel, n.d.), which are engraved by François Noblesse (1652-1730), the pupil of Silvestre and another follower of the style of Callot (Faucheux 26, 1-12). - Nrs. 15-16, numbered 3 and 4, belong to a series of 5 views on Paris (Fauc [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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