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[Roman Costumes; Drawn from nature by Pinelli and C.Hullmandel: on Stone by C.Hullmandel]
London: C.Hullmandel for Rodwell & Martin, 1820 [plates watermarked 1817]. Folio. (11 5/8 x 17 inches). Lithographed throughout. 24 hand-coloured lithographed plates, drawn on stone and printed and coloured by J.Hullmandel (5 after his own drawings, 19 after Pinelli). (Lacks the lithographed title). Period half blue moire cloth over marbled paper covered boards, original morocco label on the upper cover (later white ink manuscript titling to spine, front hinge cracked). A coloured copy of this very rare incunable from the dawn of lithography as an art, in Great Britain. Printed, lithographed, and in five cases from original drawings by "the man... who did more than any other to establish lithography in England" (Abbey). The present work appears to be the first substantial book to be printed entirely by Charles Hullmandel (his earlier Twenty-four views of Italy [1818] includes a varying number of plates printed by Moser & Harris). It is very rare and was unknown to Abbey. Hullmandel appears to have begun the publication on his own, presumably in an attempt to build on the success of his earlier work, and using the highly fashionable Pinelli's etchings as his models. Hullmandel was born in Mayfair on 15 June 1789 to a German father and French mother. "After training as an artist, he went abroad for a time, and it was apparently on his return journey ... that he first met Senefelder and became interested in lithography, at first only as a means of publishing his own sketches ... Hullmandel went to Moser and Harris for the printing of these early drawings, with the result ... that he determined 'to have a press and materials of my own', which he set up in his lodgings at 51 Great Marlborough Street" (Abbey Travel I, p.148). He printed a number of individual views and small groups of prints, and then in 1820 produced the present work. In 1823 a second substantial work appeared "in which the sketches, and not just the drawing on stone, are by Hullmandel himself, Views of the South of Germany, the Tyrol and Italy… from sketches by C. Hullmandel. Realizing that to succeed he must thoroughly understand the chemical basis of the process, Hullmandel studied under Farrday... Amateurs and artists gathered round to learn the use of the press, and No.51 became practically a school of lithography. Soon Hullmandel had the artists Ward, Westall, Lane, and particularly Harding, working for him… while in 1821 ThĂ©odore GĂ©ricault… did a series for him, Various subjects drawn from Life and on Stone (Abbey Travel I.p.149). His subsequent influence on his contemporaries in the field of lithography was enormous, and his technical achievements vital to the establishment of the lithograph as a medium through which great art could be achieved. Colas 2382; Lipperheide Ja 20 (calling for 23 plates).
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