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Le Dessinateur, pour les Fabriques d'Etoffes d'Or, d'Argent et de Soie, avec la Traduction de six Tables raisonnées, tirées de l'Abecedario Pittorico, imprimé à Naples en 1733
One finely engraved headpiece with coat-of-arms & five full-page woodcuts in the text. xlviii, 218, [6] pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco with a large dentelle in gilt on sides, flat spine gilt, dark blue silk endpapers, a.e.g. Paris: S. Jorry et al., 1765. First edition, and a lovely copy, of this illustrated manual on the design and production of fabrics, especially luxury silk. The book was intended for the working designer; the woodcut illustrations depict various motifs to be adapted in the fabrics. The Abecedario pittorico was written by Pellegrino Antonio Orlandi (1660-1727). Chapter XV (pp. 86-118) describes a designer's trip around Paris, "c'est à dire, indication de tout ce qu'il y a de curieux relativement a la peinture & au dessin: comme les plus fameux Magazins d'Etoffes, cabinets des estampes & de peintre, particuliers & publics, édifices, équipages, manufactures, maisons royales, statuaires, spectacles…". Pages 121-78 contains one of the great "buried" bibliographies within a large work, this one concerned with art history, painters, architecture, perspective, design, etc. At the end there are instructions on engraving, fresco painting, cleaning paper, how to make surfaces lustrous, manufacturing various pigments, how to paint on silk, how to repair damaged pictures, methods of backing canvasses, etc. Fine and handsome copy.
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