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Reflexions sur la Peinture et la Gravure, Accompagnees d'une Courte Dissertation sur Commerce de la Curiosite,
Metz / Paris: Imp. de Claude Lamort ... Demonville, 1786 First Edition. A good copy; small worm holes at the rear joint; some chafing. 12mo.,. [8], 228, [4] pp. & errata. Joullain described prints as objects that, ' ... compensate for the inequality of fortunes by satisfying amateurs of every sort.' With this remark he sets out to produce a guide to the bewildering world of prints and engravings and to the perilous marketplace for them as it existed. After describing print processes he addresses associated topics: cabinets of objects and collections. While discussing the Paignon, Crozat,Tallard, Gaignat collections (among others he mentions) he reveals that his father and grandfather were responsible for cataloging the Paignon collection of medals, prints, natural history, and antiquities (this seems at odds with Millard's brief entries for the elder members of the Joullain family whom he identifies as engravers and publishers). Also of interest is the anaylsis of contemporary markets for such objects citing specific examples. A book of considerable interest for the history of the decorative arts.
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