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Rukovodstvo k risovaniiu akvarel’iu ili vodianymi kraskami bez pomoshchi uchitelia [Manual for painting in aquarelle or watercolors without an instructor’s help]. Contemporary manuscript copy.
[St. Petersburg] 1863 - [Russian Empire, probably St. Petersburg, 1863-64). Folio (21.5 × 17.5 cm). Half red leather; marbled boards; original ink manuscript to rectos and versos; 198, Vi pp. With three color tables bound with the text and a list of color names in Russian, French and English on seven folding leaves bound after the text, only partially colored in. Rebacked, with repair to binding and raised boards (with lighter card stock); text lightly toned. A contemporary manuscript copy of Alexander Maslov’s 1857 work, which was evidently the first Russian guide to watercolor painting. Maslov’s book was never reprinted and is not recorded in KVK or OCLC. It introduces would-be artists to basic techniques of drawing and painting, explaining different types of perspective, color harmony, mixing and reflection (reflet). He describes the required tools in great depth, detailing suitable brands of paper, pencils, brushes and pigments, listing leading brands of the day, such as Faber and Mordan, and naming their Russian suppliers. Particular attention is given to the properties, advantages and shortcomings of various color pigments, followed by a list of 108 basic colors and hues (together with a partially colored table). Other chapters present the art of composition, sketching and painting. Maslov describes how to depict objects such as fruits and flowers, human anatomy and faces, landscapes and more complex compositions, often in astonishing and amusing detail: for instance, he provides pointers for drawing nineteen essential flower types. The bound-in color charts provide the English and French names of the main colors, as well pointers on the best brands. According to the embossed stamp on the title page, the manuscript was prepared by one Viktor A. Vinster, of whom we can find no trace. Not in KVK, OCLC. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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