- Paris: Bouchard-Huzard, 1859, 1861.
- original paper wrappers.
- viii,312; viii,328,iv pages.
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Catalogue of engravings by French painters born in the eighteenth century. Artists discussed include Joseph-Marie Vien, Jean Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and François Boucher. For each artist, there is a brief biographical sketch followed by a list of that artist's engravings, with a detailed description of the scenes depicted. The engravings listed are generally reproductions of the painters' own works; nineteenth-century collectors, especially in France, would have sought out these engravings in lieu of the paintings themselves as a way of gaining a better understanding of the artist's disegno (design or conception), which was considered more important than the execution. This catalogue, then, would have been a useful aid in forming such a collection. Wrappers creased, chipped, and worn, especially at spines. Vol.1 front wrapper torn and partially lacking. Corners bumped. Back wrapper of volume 2 detached. Some foxing in volume 2.