283 pages. 23.5 x 15 cm. Limited edition, copy 15 of unknown limitation. Illustrated with eight full page engravings. Text in English and French. Text and plates clean and fresh, covers toned at corners, offsetting from silk lined leather covers, separate portfolio of 15 examples of modern etching lacking, portfolio joints rubbed. Orig. tan printed wrappers. Very good in very good original custom silk lined leather portfolio embossed and heightened in gold with floral and insect images in relief. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Treatise On Etching * Traite De La Gravure...
Publisher: Societe des Beaux Arts
Publication Date: 1904
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Paris: Bureau d'Administration; Boston: F. J. Jessup. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Hardcover bound in blue leather with gold lettering on spine. All page edges gilt. Marbled red and gold endpapers. No publication date printed, though circa 1880. 280 pages. Frontispiece with tissue paper. Eight plates included throughout. Very good condition. French and English text appear side by side. There is some rubbing of boards at edges with leather worn through around edges and small chips at crown and foot of spine. Overall, this is a handsome copy. The binding is square and tight, the boards are firmly attached, and there is minimal foxing to speak of. Pages and plates are clean and bright. Bookseller Inventory # Fred2-3663
Book Description Société des beaux-arts, Editeurs. New York: John C. Yorston & Co., Importers, [between 1867 and 1878] nd, Paris:, 1878. Wraps. English and French on opposite pages. 283 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm. Cream colored wraps, uncut fore-edge. with a highly decorative pressed cloth slip-on chemise featuring an elaborate floral pattern of Morning Glories in gilt, red and green, all backed in pale blue silk. Book Condition: Very good at least, with minor wear to wraps only. Binding very sound and interior immaculate and unmarred. Luxurious cream colored pages completely lacking any hint of foxing or soiling of any kind. Eight plates collated and perfect (some lacking tissue guards to no effect). Chemise is good only with spine lacking pressed cloth surface altogether and chipping with loss in other spots though blue silk backing is entirely intact and providing stalwart structural integrity to the whole enterprise. While this offering is lacking the called for "portfolio containing 15 examples of modern etchings" the eight plates included are both exquisite and illustrative. A seminal work with a plethora of editions all the way into the modern age Dover reprint [titled: The Technique of Etching- same author] this title is easy entry down a bibliographic rabbit-hole. We believe this to be one of the earlier editions and indeed one of the more scarce, the face-to-face English-French edition with a New York importer and Société des beaux-arts, Editeurs. [Certainly earlier than any translations with Koehler listed as translator] More to the point though, it's a book that includes such intriguing chapter headings as: "Biting", "Accidents", and "Various Methods of Biting". Who can resist?. Bookseller Inventory # 003524