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ESSEX HOUSE PRESS. CELLINI, Benvenuto.
The Treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture.
London: printed at The Essex House Press for Edward Arnold, 1898. No. 214 of 600 copies. 11 plates with tissue guards of images of Cellini's work and 7 wood engraveddiagrams plus the Essex House carnation device. Translated from the Italian by C.R. Ashbee and printed by him at Essex House with the assistance of Laurence Hodson, the compositors T. Binning & J. Tippett and the pressman S. Mowlem who came from the Kelmscott Press. 4to., original green cloth with printed paper label with Essex House device on the spine, housed in a later quarter morocco clamshell box. Spine slightly faded and wear to the edges of the paper label, but a very good copy of this notoriously worn book.||The first major Essex House book. Ashbee dedicated his translation of Cellini's work to the Metal Workers of his Guild of Handicraft intending it as both a practical text book for craftsmen, to which end the clichets of Plon were inserted, and also as a companion book to John Addington Symonds' translation of the Autobiography. The chapters include 'How to Tint a Diamond', 'On Filigree work', 'Concerning the Art of Enamelling', 'How to Set a Ruby/Emerald/Sapphire', "On the Cutting of the Diamond', 'On Cardinals Seals', 'About Medals', "How to Gild' &c &cOriginally from Newton College Library, Cambridge but deaccessioned. It was sold by Maggs in the 1990s to a private collection.| Handbook for the metal workers of the Guild of Handicraft
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