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LE PARADIS PERDU
Chez Defer de Maisonneuve, Paris 1792 - Especially Pleasing Wide-Margined Contemporary Copy of a "Very Famous Beautiful" Edition of "Paradise Lost" 346 x 251 mm (13 5/8 x 9 7/8"). Two volumes. First Edition with these Plates. EXCELLENT CONTEMPORARY MARBLED CALF, covers with delicate gilt frame of flower-and-ribbon band flanked by cresting rolls, flat spines gilt in compartments with volute cornerpieces and large and ornate urn centerpiece inside a lozenge of gilt dots, each spine with a red and green morocco label, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (tops of spines possibly with very expert repairs). 12 FINE STIPPLE-ENGRAVED PLATES PRINTED IN COLOR ON HEAVY TEXTURED PAPER AND FINISHED BY HAND, the plates engraved by various artists after Schall. Original tissue guards. With English text and French translation on facing pages. Cohen-de Ricci 708; Lewine, p. 358; Ray, p. 145; Fuerstenberg, p. 122. Joints and extremities with minor wear, covers with many superficial scratches, but the very attractive original bindings solid, lustrous, and generally well preserved. A few marginal tears of no consequence, one plate with small marginal ink stain, isolated rust spots, mild foxing, minor marginal smudges and other trivial imperfections, but an extremely pleasing copy internally, the leaves clean and fresh, the margins considerably more than ample, and the plates bright and richly colored. Fuerstenberg calls this a "very famous beautiful edition," and Ray says that it is one of the finest examples of color printing done at the end of the 18th century. The plates were produced using the poupée printing technique, also known as dolly printing. This process is described by Béguin as "an intaglio plate coulour printing technique" which "consists in applying some ink on the plate and spreading it out with one's finger tip wrapped up in a strip of cloth. This printing technique . . . allows the printer to put several colours on the same plate contemporaneously." According to the National Gallery of Art, "The method takes its name from the poupée (doll), the small ball-shaped wad of fabric that is used to ink the plate." The plates vary in their emotional intensity, but the illustration of Adam and Eve in their bower of bliss has a pleasing mixture of innocence and sensuality, and the final engraving, depicting the departure from paradise, conveys strong feelings of pathos, danger, and despair. The book's stately pages, high quality paper, and impressive illustrations appropriately reflect the content here, and the excellent condition of the present copy, especially with its spacious margins, is a bonus. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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