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JUNIUS, Franciscus, the younger (1591--1677)
[De pictura veterum libri tres. English. 1638]
The painting of the ancients, in three bookes: declaring by historicall observations and examples, the beginning, progresse, and consvmmation of that most noble art. And how those ancient artificers attained to their still so much admired excellencie. Written first in Latine by Franciscus Junius, F. F. and now by him Englished, with some additions and alterations.
London: printed by Richard Hodgkinsonne; and are to be sold by Daniel Frere, 1638.
[8], 355, [1] p. ; 18.1 cm. (4º)

First published in Latin under the title De pictura veterum libri tres, 1637. The author was a German philologist who made his home in England between 1621 and 1642 as the tutor to the son and grandsons of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel. The final prelim. page contains the errata. Running title reads 'The ancient Art of Painting'. STC 7302; ESTC s110933.

Copy Notes One of the three copies in Soane's library was bought from Thomas Boone for 2s. on 21 June 1815. (Spiers Box). Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane. Verso of the title-page inscribed in in Nr. [illegible] 27.
Copy 2: 18.1 cm. Inscribed in ink on dedication J W Baynton Greys Inn.
Copy 3: 18.9 cm. Inscribed in ink on title-page Mattw. Smith/ Lee, 1780, whose armorial bookplate with the motto 'Collige Dum Florent' is on the front paste-down endpaper. With two added engraved portraits of the author bound following the prelims, one engraved by Hollar in 1639, with a biographical note on Franciscus Junius senior (the author's father) from 'Collier's Dict: Vol:1t:' inscribed on verso. Title-page inscribed in ink on top right-hand corner 36.

Binding Copy 1: C18th sheep, blind double-rule borders.
Copy 2: C18th sheep, blind double-rule borders.
Copy 3: C18th reversed calf, blind-tooled panels, blind roll-tooled spine, red spine-label.

Reference Number 2148


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