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BRYAN, Michael (1757--1821)
A biographical and critical dictionary of painters and engravers, from the revival of the art under Cimabue, and the alledged discovery of engraving by Finiguerra, to the present time: with the ciphers, monograms, and marks, used by each engraver; and an ample list of their principal works. Together with two indexes, alphabetical and chronological. To which is prefixed, an introduction, containing a brief account of the painters of antiquity. By Michael Bryan. In two volumes. ...
London: printed for Carpenter and Son; J. Booker; and Whittingham and Arliss, 1816.
2 vols ; 26.9 cm. (4°)
I: xlix, [1], 709, [3] p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [2], 822, [3] p., V pl.

The first edition of what remains a standard dictionary of painters and engravers in English, which was revised and enlarged in numerous later editions. With a final leaf of errata in each volume and five plates of engravers' monograms at the end of vol. II.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from James Carpenter in seven parts costing 15 shillings each: parts 1--3 in 1813 (Archive 16/12/41), parts 4--5 on 1 June and 19 November 1814 (Archive Envelope 1/11), bringing the total paid to £3 15s. on 27 January 1815 (Office Account Book 1813--17 6/23/1), and parts 6--7 bought for £1 10s. on 20 May 1816 (Archive 16/12/50; see also Journal VI, p. 205; SNB).
Copy 2: This is an extra-illustrated copy with engravings and facsimile drawings mounted or inlaid on specially inserted blank leaves, bound in 25 volumes, and inlaid title-pages in red and black 'Printed for the Illustrator'. Bought by John Britton at R.H. Evans book sale, 27 May - 3 June 1825, and sold by Britton to Soane for £136 16s. on 4 June 1825. (Priv. Corr. III.B.1.45; sale catalogue, q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt triple-ruled spines, black spine-labels.
Copy 2: C19th green straight-grain morocco, roll-tooled panels and fillets in gilt and blind, blind roll-tooled and gilt-tooled spines, direct-lettered in gilt, gilt edges, green silk bookmarks.

Reference Number 1803


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