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Beautiful 114 India-Proof steel engravings 1840's National Gallery London 2v set
1840 - The National Gallery of Pictures (Trafalgar Square London) By the Great Masters, Presented By Individuals or Purchased By Grant of Parliament (2 volumes- images of Great Works of Art- Masterpieces of Painting- Great Masters- Hogarth- West- Poussin- Reynolds- Canaletto- Vandyck- Titian- Rembrandt- Da Vinci- Claude- Coreggio- Veronese, etc. ) Issued London, c. 1840's by Jones & Co. Splendid mid-19th century grained leather bindings by C. Sumner, gilt framed covers intersecting gilt cartouche ornamentation. Contains 115 INDIA-PROOF engraved plates, each printed on thin tissue and mounted as issued onto thicker backing paper. The thin almost tissue India paper allows for an exceptionally dark rich impression from the engraved plate, making each of the engravings within a superior example to one printed on heavier paper stock. To a knowing eye, the engravings are remarkable for their atmospheric nuance and rich visual quality. Virtually every single engraved image is a pleasure to inspect. Period full indigo leather bindings; gilt raised bands, spine ornately gilt ruled into compartments; boards outlined in decorative gilt rule; gilt inner dentelles, a. e. g.; 115 full-page mounted original steel-engravings on special paper throughout. In VG and completely acceptable condition. Bindings lightly scuffed along joints & extremities, minor surface scratching; corners slightly bumped; textblock gently but uniformly toned throughout, trivial light minor scattered foxing and spotting, couple pages loosened, one plate loose. Overall contents remain tight, sound, clean & fresh. Overall the books remain handsome looking, clean, tight and sound. An attractive and appealing old antiquarian set with over 100 outstanding antique engraved prints as specially printed as Proofs. Each volume measures c. 8 1/2" x 11". Quarto.[A6867] [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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