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Sculptura:or the History, and Art of Chalcography
1662. EVELYN, John. Sculptura: or the History, and Art of Chalcography and Engraving in Copper. With an ample enumeration of the most renowned Masters, and their Works. To which is annexed, A new manner of Engraving, or Mezzo Tinto, communicated by his Highness Prince Rupert to the Author of this Treatise. [32], 148, [4] pp. With an allegorical frontispiece after a design by Evelyn, one full-page engraving in text, and one folding mezzotint by Prince Rupert plus three additional engraved fold-out plates of plant cross-sections from a seperate work. 8vo., 158 x 98 mm, bound in early twentieth-century English speckled calf , gilt, panelled spine, red morocco spine labels, a.e.g. London: Printed by J.C. for G.G. Beedle and J. Collins, 1662. |~||~||~||~||~||~| First Edition, the first book to mention the mezzotint process, and containing the first mezzotint published in England. It was through John Evelyn and his Sculptura that the mezzotint process came to be highly regarded as a technique of the graphic arts in England. The mezzotint by Prince Rupert is a detail of his "The Great Executioner," first published in Frankfurt in 1658 after a painting by Ribera. Although Prince Rupert showed Evelyn "his instruments and described his processes, still Evelyn has by no means followed suit, as he very carefully abstains from saying anything which would betray the secret in the smallest degree. As some excuse he says, `I did not think it necessary that an art so curious...was to be prostituted at so cheap a rate as the more naked describing of it here would too soon have exposed to it.' Nevertheless, Evelyn's book will always be precious because it is the first book illustrated with a mezzotint print, and that a very excellent one" (Davenport, Mezzotints pp. 43-44). Some occasional spotting, first quire browned, the mezzotint with full white margin, though some chips at far edge, front joint repaired, frontispiece reattached. PROVENENCE: Florence Foerderer Tonmer, with her bookplate on the front paste-down. Keynes, Evelyn 33. Harvard, Hofer Bequest 34. Cicognara 258.
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