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Traité historique et pratique de la gravure: Papillon, Jean-Michel (1698-1776)

Papillon, Jean-Michel (1698-1776)

Published by Pierre Guillame Simon, Paris (1766)

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About this Item: Pierre Guillame Simon, Paris, 1766. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition. First edition, 1766. 3 volumes bound into 2 half red morocco 8vo's with marbled boards. 540, 388, 124pp. Gilt stamped spines. Copiously illustrated with full-page plates, some in color, as well as ornate head and tail pieces. Mild ex-library copies with a bookplate on each front flyleaf, stamp on first contents page and rear pastedown. Otherwise very good with light rubbing to edges, corners, and joints, though the bindings remain tight and firm. Private bookplate on each pastedown, with an old bookseller's description in the upper corner of volume I. Perhaps the first comprehensive work on wood engraving, Papillon's extensive text and woodcut illustrations describe the process of making chiaroscuro prints, wallpaper, and wood engravings, including descriptions of the tools and methods employed in their production. Papillon was wood engraver to the Imprimerie Royale, and considered to be the finest engraver of his day. A rare set. Seller Inventory # z06961

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About this Item: 3 in 2 vols. 8vo (205 x 130 mm). XXXII, 540; XV, [1], 388; [4], 124 pp. With a frontispiece showing Papillon's portrait by Caron after Noel Gamot, 6 chiaroscuro plates, 18 full-page illustrations, 136 head and tail pieces and many text illustrations, all in woodcut. Contemporary speckled calf, back and sides gilt with triple fillets, title and volume numbers letterd on red morocco labels. Slightly foxed in places. Bindings slightly rubbed. Paris, Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766. Erstausgabe dergut illustrierten ersten Geschichte des Holzschnitts. Verfasst von einem Meister des Fachs, dessen Streben es war, dem Holzschnitt eine Akkuratess und Feinheit ähnlich dem des Kupferstichs angedeihen zu lassen. "Persuadé que son art a encore une avenir" (P. Fouché), schrieb Papillon sein immer wieder nachgedrucktes Werk als Summe beruflicher Erfahrungen. Ihm gebührt das Verdienst, "die längst verlorene Ehre seines Handwerks, in der Vergangenheit stöbernd, tief empfunden zu haben, der erste Historiker des Holzschnittes, der den Formschnitt aus entlegenen und fast unterirdischen Bezirken hervorzog" (M. J. Friedländer). Als ausführender Stecher war Papillon viele Jahre mit der Imprimerie Royale in Paris verbunden, daneben wirkte er auch als geschätzter Kunstlehrer am Hof von König Louis XV. - Der Holzschnitt-Titel für den Jahrgang von 1744 des Petit Almanach de Paris - auch als 'Papillons' bekannt - ist hier im ersten Band nach der Widmung abgedruckt. - Ein tadellos sauberes Exemplar. Bigmore/Wyman II, 116; Rodari, Anatomie de la couleur (1996), 38 and 149; Friedländer, Der Holzschnitt (1917), 212; Schlumberger, Le papier peint, in: Connaissance des arts, p. 367. First edition of the first historic and practical treatise entirely devoted to the art of the woodcut. Papillon was attached to the Royal Printing Office as a wood-engraver, but he made a considerable number of ornaments of all kinds, both for this establishment and for the booksellers and printers, as well as articles on his art for the Encyclopédie. Famous are his head and tail pieces for the edition of La Fontaine's Fables illustrated by Oudry (Paris, 1755-59). The Traité is also famous for its progressive suite of five plates showing the making of a chiaroscuro print. The Traité historique et practique de la gravure en bois is not an episode in the life of Jean-Michel Papillon, it is his very life. Seller Inventory # B320571

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