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RACKNITZ, Joseph Friedrich Freiherr zu (1744--1818)
Darstellung und Geschichte des Geschmacks der vorzüglichsten Volker in Beziehung auf die innere Auszierung der Zimmer und auf die Baukunst von Joseph Friedrich Freyherrn zu Racknitz ...
Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1796.
4 vols + atlas ; 28.9 cm. (4°)
Vol. I: [14], 19, [1], 15, [1], 17, [1], 5, [1] p., engr. frontis. : engr. illus.
Vol. II: [4], 27, [1], 17, [1], 17, [1], 16, 20, 15, [1] p. : engr. illus.
Vol. III: [4], 10, 28, 21, [1], 40, 22, 37, [1] p. : engr. illus.
Vol. IV: [4], 24, 27, [1], 37, [1], 40, 23, [1], 28 p. : engr. illus.
[Atlas]: [48] hand-col. pl. ; 45.3 cm. (2°)

Each of the four volumes of text contains six separately paginated sections on the decorative styles of different races, nations and periods, viz.: vol. I: Egyptian, Etruscan, Renaissance Arabesque, Pompeian, Roman and Chinese; vol. II: Greek, Old German, Persian, English, French Rococo, and Tahitian; vol. III: Late Greek, Moorish, Turkish, Old French (Baroque), Eskimo and Mexican; vol. IV: Old Persian, Indian, Siberian, Gothic, French Neo-classical and Jewish. Each section is illustrated with an engraved head- and tail-piece vignette and has two corresponding hand-coloured etched plates in the folio atlas, one depicting a wall elevation framing a trompe l'oeil building or landscape, the other examples of characteristic furniture, samples of wood-grainings, fabrics and ornament etc. The plates were designed and drawn by Christian Friedrich Schuricht (1753--1832), a close friend of the author and one of the leading architects working in Saxony during this period. Their book may have originally been published progressively since the Pompeian tail-piece in vol. I is dated 1794, the 'Altdeutscher' tail-piece in vol.II is dated 1796; and various head- and tail-pieces in vols III and IV are dated 1797 and 1798 respectively. Hooked on Books 4.1.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from Priestley and Weale for £6 16s. 6d. on 24 May 1826. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.9). All the plates are blind stamped 'BLR' enclosed in a bell-flower circle (not found in Lugt). The plates were evidently stamped before binding as some of them have been cropped along the fore-edge.

Binding Copy 1: C19th russia, blind and gilt-tooled borders with anthemion and Greek key motifs, blind and gilt-tooled spines, gilt edges. With the four text volumes bound in one.
Copy 2: Text vols: C19th paper boards, gilt-ruled spines, red and purple spine-labels; atlas: loose in C19th mottled vellum portfolio.

Reference Number 3109


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