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THE ARTIST. A MONTHLY LADIES' BOOK. VOL I[-II]
New York: F. Quarré, 1843. 12 issues, with 35 color plates. Large octavo. Contemporary full red sheep, boards gilt rules, spine gilt. Front hinged cracked, boards rubbed, edge and spine wear. Binder's ticket on front pastedown, slightly later pencil ownership inscription on front free endpaper. Edges dampstained, light tanning and scattered foxing. About very good. A complete run of an early and little known American periodical illustrated with color plates. Overlooked by both Bennett and McGrath, THE ARTIST... is an important work in the history of American color printing and in the development of color printing techniques. The publisher, an artist named F. Quarré, states in the introduction that the plates for the new periodical would be accomplished by "a process hitherto unknown." Quarré further states that the plates are "engravings in color...the invention and the means of execution are our own exclusive property...we shall have been the first to trace out a new line which has not as yet been attempted in any other country...." The plates appear to be aquatints, with different portions of the plate inked in different colors, and some of them closely resemble the color-printed plates of Jacob Bigelow's AMERICAN MEDICAL BOTANY of 1817-21. Quarré is not completely unknown - he is listed in Groce and Wallace, as well as in Jay Last's THE COLOR EXPLOSION. THE ARTIST was printed at the Herald Printing Establishment, at the corner of Nassau and Fulton Streets in New York, and was produced in only a small number of copies. In most, including the present one, in addition to purely color printed plates there are plates that are partly color printed and partly handcolored, plates that are entirely and conventionally hand colored, and plates that are embossed (of which one is hand colored). Finally there are several plates with simulated lace borders. "Quarré's most distinctive productions were flower aquatints embellished with engraved white lace, in the manner of the later valentine" - Groce & Wallace. "These plates exemplify the experimentation with color printing techniques in book illustration which paralleled the beginnings of chromolithography in the 1840s" - Reese. A rare and important periodical, never encountered as a complete run. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 48.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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