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PAPILLON, Jean-Baptiste Michel (1698--1776)
Traité historique et pratique de la gravure en bois, par J.M. Papillon, graveur en bois, & ancien associé de la Société Académique des Arts. Ouvrage enrichi des plus jolis morceaux de sa composition & de sa gravure. ...
A Paris chez Pierre Guillaume Simon, imprimeur du Parlement, 1766.
3 vols ; 20.0 cm. (8º)
I: xxxii, 540 p., wdcut frontis. port., [1] chiaroscuro wdcut pl. : wdcut illus.
II: xv, [1], 388 p., [5] chiaroscuro wdcut pl. : wdcut illus.
III: [4], 124 p. : wdcut illus.

The Traité being evidently marred by mistakes, was rapidly superseded by other works on the subject. Papillon is best known for the woodcut ornaments which he made with Nicolas Le Sueur for Oudry's folio edition of La Fontaine's Fables (1755--59). The plates in tome II show the line and tone blocks of a chiaroscuro woodcut printed on separate plates.

Copy Notes Bought from J. Taylor's Architectural Library for 2 guineas on 5 November 1814. (SArchive 7A/15/30, 31). 'Tome Troisieme', a Supplément du Traité ... de la gravure en bois..., is bound with the second volume.

Binding C18th catspaw calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and tan spine-labels.

Reference Number 2957


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