Period speckled calf, spine gilt with morocco lettering-piece, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece, five engraved vignettes showing putti reading, drawing etc. Eight portrait medallions, seven culs-de-lampe, and two full-page plates, by Watelet after Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, and three culs-de-lampe by Marguerite Lecomte.
Minor rubbing; a few leaves browned, 5 leaves with marginal creasing and short tears, a few insk spots on front, near fine. Watelet, a wealthy dilettante, was elected to the Académie Française on the strength of this didactic poem. The second half of the work is decorated with his vignettes, for he was a talented etcher. Diderot said that if he had a copy of Watelet's poem he would cut out the illustrations and frame them under glass, and throw the rest in the fire.The item "L'Art de Peindre, Claude Henri Watelet, First edition, 1760, Leather" is in sale since Tuesday, April 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "yamhillbook" and is located in Yamhill, Oregon.
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