Manuscript Copy of "Costume du Moyen Age, par Felix de Vigne" 1835-1840, with Translation into English and 108 Plates Drawn and Colored by Hand
manuscript; COSTUME]; [Brandard, John (1812-1863)]; [de Vigne, Felix (1806-1862)]; [Bradfer-Lawrence, Harry Lawrence (1887-1965)]
Contemporary half black morocco and marbled boards, gilt-stamped lettering in second spine compartment (5 raised bands); 8vo (157 x 196 mm); contains illustrated title-page, TOC, and 108 numbered plates (on the verso), with facing text in English (recto of preceding leaf). Written and illustrated entirely by hand, and 40 of the plates hand-colored, this meticulous volume replicates the Gand 1835-1840 first edition of Felix de Vigne's "Vade-mecum du peintre, ou, Recueil de costumes du moyen-âge, pour servir à l'histoire de la Belgique et pays circonvoisins." Boards and spine scuffed; title-page a little loose; occasional faint browning or dusty finger-smudge. In one instance, paint has oxidized, turning one figure's flesh a spotty grey. Bookplate and signature of John Brandard on front paste-down; and bookplate of noted antiquarian Harry Lawrence Bradfer-Lawrence on rear paste-down. Brandard has also signed the final leaf, with a calligraphic drawing of a bird, and "Finis." John Brandard (England, 1812-1863) was a lithographic artist, and long a partner of the printers M. and N. Hanhart, for whom he produced designs for Louis-Antoine Jullien, and hundreds of illustrated title-pages for sheet music. He brought the chromolithograph, which had been first used in connection with music in 1841, to an incredibly high level of sophistication, using half a dozen or more stones to produce a single image, printed on high quality paper. He employed two full-time assistants, allowing him to produce artwork quickly and prolifically, mainly concentrating on ballet and opera. His portraits of dancers were admired by Degas. The skill with which this volume is carried out suggests that it's the work of Brandard himself -- penmanship is tidy and legible, and the drawings and coloring capture fine details. A laid-in letter from 1889 discusses armour, as does a pencilled note laid-in at plate 54, so this volume was once carefully studied. Bookseller Inventory # D11322
Title: Manuscript Copy of "Costume du Moyen Age, ...
Publisher: c. 1840, likely, England
Publication Date: 1840
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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