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Representation de marbres, graves & mis en couleurs d'apres nature; avec lears noms en Hollandois, Allemand, Anglois, Francois & Latin / A representation of different sort of marble, ingraved and set out in their natural colours; also set forth with the Dutch, German, English, French and Latin names / Abbildungen der Marmor-Arten. Nach der Natur auf das sorgfältigste mit Farben erleuchtet und mit beygefügten Holländischen, Deutschen, Englischen, Französischen und Lateinischen Namen herausgegeben / Afbeelding der marmor soorten, volgens hunne natuurlyke koleuren. Naaukeurig afgebeeld, ook met de bygevoegde Hollandsche, Hooghduitsche, Engelsche, Fransche en Latynsche benaamingen voorzien/ Marmora et adfines aliquot lapides coloribus suis.
. Amsterdam, J. C. Sepp, 1776. 4to (28.5 x 21.6 cm). Five (French, English, German, Dutch, Latin) titles, each with a different engraved vignette, five (Dutch, German, English, French, Latin) letters to the reader, half title (in five languages, Bayreutse Marmer on top) [14] pp., 78 figs on 13 plates (1-13); half-title (do., Wurtenbergsche Marmer [12] pp., 72 figs on 12 plates (14-25); half title (do., Neresheimsche Marmer), [6] pp., 45 figs on five plates (26-30); half title do., Durlachse Marmer) [8] pp., 36 figs on six plates (31-36); half title (do. Saltzbursche Marmer) [6] pp., 36 figs on six plates (37-42); half title (do., Zwitsersche Marmer uit het Canton Bern) [7] pp., 28 figs on seven plates (43-49); [5] pp., eight figures on three plates (50-52); half title (do., Tyroolsche Marmer) [3] pp., 12 figs on two plates (53-54); half title (do., Marmer uit Brabant) [11, blank, 4] pp., 48 figs on eight plates (61-68); half title (do., Marmer uit Saxen) [10] pp., 30 figs on five plates (69-73); Florentinische Marmer [caption to plates, no text pp.] 36 figs on six plates (74-79). In total 86 descriptive text pages, 73 beautifully engraved hand-coloured plates containing 409 figures of marble. Contemporary full mottled calf; spine with five raised bands, richly gilt ornamented compartments and one red morocco label with gilt title. All edges red.l Second edition of this magnificent and outstanding colour plate book, depicting an almost infinitely-varied series of marbles and allied ornamental stones from deposits in Germany and nearby countries, including Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. Apparently each of the rectangular panels represents the appearance of a polished slab, with most plates depicting six such pieces, but others two, four, and as many as nine. While one is immediately captivated by the richness and depth of the watercolour painting, often heightened by the application of opaque white for veinlets, it can be seen that under each painting lies a complex, lightly-incised network of lines, almost like rouletting, over which the colours have been laid. Only a few copies of this second edition are known to possess a maximum of 98 plates, of which this copy has the vast majority. Only one copy with 98 plates has ever been auctioned. And one truly exceptional copy with 100 plates has recently become known. Auction records from for the past 50 years are very scarce and demonstrate a large variety in the number of plates (i.e. 23, 30, 42, 68 and only one with 73, like ours). We believe this proves that the work was issued in parts by subscription, and accounts for all copies containing less than the maximum number of plates. The maximum number is listed in the British Museum Catalogue and in Brunet only. The few other copies recorded all lack 20 or more plates, usually towards the end of the book. This copy is remarkable for having a part of the Italian section, with six plates. The text appears in four modern languages in rectangular columns and the Latin text at the bottom. The Latin and German descriptive text is by Casimir Christoph Schmidel (1718-1792). Each section has its own title and preface; the accompanying text ends with plate 73. The next section "Florentinische Marmer" is only denoted by the caption of plate 74. Brunet IV may be in error listing text up to plate 75. Most plates, except a few, are tissue guarded. All pages clean and plates with colouring very fresh and vivid. A fine copy. Brunet IV, col. 1243; V, col. 1465 (with 98 plates). Cat BM(NH), pp. 1243, 2340 (with 98 plates); Landwehr, 1; Sinkankas, 7281 (with 54 plates)..
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