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Diverses Figures a l'Eau forte de petits - FARINATI, Paolo - 1644. 
30 double-page engraved plates, including the title, each on a stub. 8vo, cont. speckled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: A. Bosse, 1644. First edition of this very appealing and handsome series of engravings by Abraham Bosse after designs by the Italian artist and draughtsman Paolo Farinati (1524-1606). Farinati's chiaroscuro drawings were often used as "modelli." The plates depict small cupids and angels (22 plates) and eight plates of masks. Paolo Farinati was a highly productive painter and draughtsman from Verona, whose paintings are preserved in many churches. "Farinati's drawings are held in high esteem and , according to Marietteâ¦he was a gifted draughtsman whose compositions show the influence of Paolo Veronese, though he fails to match Veronese's expressiveness of light and refinement."-Benezit, Vol. 5, p. 474. Appended at the end are four additional plates from Bosse's DiffÃ©rentes manÃ¨res de Dessiner et Peindre (1667) and the suite of four double-page engravings for his Les Quatre ÃlÃ©ments (1630?). These four are entitled "Lefeu," LAir," "Leau," and "La Terre." A very fine copy in fresh condition from the Macclesfield library. The engravings are richly inked. Early engraved bookplate with legend at foot: "This Book is to be sold by J. Groenewegen & A. vander Hoeck in the Strand." They were Dutch emigrÃ© booksellers who issued catalogues in London ca. 1723-24.
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