Order Nr. 135581 A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS. William Young Ottley.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.
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A COLLECTION OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE FACSIMILES OF SCARCE AND CURIOUS PRINTS, BY THE EARLY MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND FLEMISH SCHOOLS.

Illustrative of the history of engraving...with introductory remarks and a catalogue of the plates by William Young Ottley, F.A.S., member of the Society of Arts and Sciences at Utrecht.

  • London: Published for the Proprietor, Printed by J. M'Creery, 1828.
  • Large folio (365 x 264 mm).
  • full contemporary morocco, five raised bands, decorated headbands
  • [iv], xxxvi, xxv pages
  • ISBN: none

Price: $4,950.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 135581

This incredibly scarce large paper copy has an engraved additional title, 129 engraved plates on India paper all laid down, included with an extra set of 13 of the nielli prints printed in silver; all with tissue guards. Covers lightly rubbed. Corners lightly bumped. Interior in near-fine condition (occasional pale foxing mainly at margins to plates, additional title foxed and with offsetting to opposite blank). Bookseller's ticket of T&W Boone, 29 New Bond Street.

Bigmore & Wyman writes that this "work may fairly be stated to be unpublished, as very few copies were ever distributed, and these chiefly as presents to the friends of Mr. Ottley..." The increasing vogue of engraved illustrations after 1790 was accompanied by a revival of interest in early prints. Volumes of impressions from the surviving plates of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century etchers and engravers were published, and histories of the print began to appear illustrated with facsimiles of works of the early masters. Perhaps the most accomplished of the latter is this book, one of several by Ottley, which was offered in two forms: with 100 plates at twelve guineas and with 129 plates and the nielli (or "Niellos," as Ottley calls them) finished in silver at fifteen guineas. Good as the reproductions of the nielli are, however, perhaps the most convincing plate is "Solomon's Idolatry" by the Master "M.Z.," which has sometimes been accepted as authentic when separated from the volume. Bigmore & Wyman II, p. 98.

Full dark green morocco binding with seven fillet borders ruled in gilt on the front and rear panels. Gilt ornamentation along the leather turn ins on both the front and rear boards. Compartments on the spine framed in gilt, with the title in gilt in the second compartment and the author's last name in the forth compartment. All edges gilt. Also accompanied the Potter & Potter Auctions catalogue from March 13, 2021, which is where this book was featured (lot 410).