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Barbat, Louis
Évangiles de Dimanches et Fétes
Chalons-S-Marne: Imprimerie Lithographique Barbat, 1844. 8 1/4 x 11. 319 pages. Collation: (12), 11-107, (3), 113-148, (4), 149-315, (2) pages. A few preliminary pages appear shuffled in order--despite being in the original binding. Entirely lithographed in colors, silver, and gold on glazed white paper. These Gospels for Sundays and holidays are set within elaborate ornate frames or cartouches and presented as double spreads. Each dazzling spread has a different frame, which are very varied in design. Some frames are Rococo. Some of the cruciform borders in the Passion section approach Art Deco. Some are iridescent, changing color. There is a great deal of silver & gold printing; the text is also printed in various single colors or gold. Publisher's thin enameled card covers printed lithographically in gold from transferred type. Some light foxing on preliminary leaves, very slight separation between some leaves, light cover soil, a very good copy of a truly stunning work. Scarce in the original wraps. To describe Louis Barbat ( 1795-1870) as the inventor of chromolithography* may be a reach too far. But it is certain that he experimented with and developed techniques of his own. Having studied drawing under the engraver Charles-Nicolas Varin, Barbat began experimenting with lithography in 1825, collecting ancient drawings, maps, and views of Chalon for his subjects. He and his son Pierre-Michael opened their shop in 1833. On January 3, 1834 Barbat received a patent to adapt a printing press to print several colors at once, with only one impression. Barbat's series of lit … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book [United States]
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