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BLOEMAERT, Abraham (1564--1651)
[Artis Apellae liber. 1740]
Oorspronkelyk en vermaard konstryk tekenboek van Abraham Bloemaart, geestryk getekent, en meesterlyk gegraveert by zyn zoon Frederik Bloemaart. Hooglyk dienstig en nut voor schilders, beeldhouwers, plaatsnyders, tekenaars en konstbegeerige leerlingen van de beyde sexen. Bestaande in acht boekdeelen, inhoudende honderd drie-en-zeventig in 't koper gesnedene konstprenten. In een gevoegelyke ordre geschikt door den beroemden Bernard Picart. ...
T' Amsterdam by Reinier en Josua Ottens, 1740.
[6], 6, [4] p., etch. dedic., port., 166 [i.e. 173] pl. ; 41.7 cm. (2°)

Bloemaert's celebrated drawing book (or 'printed academy') was first published between 1650 and 1655 under the title Artis Apellae liber. This "connoisseur's" edition was at least the fourth to use the original plates, reversed copies of which began to be issued by several rival publishers in The Netherlands soon after the original edition. Copies of many of Bloemaert's plates become staple ingredients of drawing book 'anthologies' well into the 19th century. For more on the complex publishing history and a detailed description of the present edition, see Jaap Bolten, Method and practice: Dutch and Flemish drawing books 1600-1750 (Pfalz 1985), pp. 57--67. The plates are numbered in one sequence 1--166 bottom right, including eight divisional title-plates captioned in French as follows: pl. 1 'Premiere Partie. Contenant, Les Parties du Visage et des Tetès.'; pl. 49 'Seconde Partie, Contenant Des Mains et des Pieds, ...'; pl. 69 'Troisieme Partie, Contenant des Figures Légerement Ombrées, ...'; pl. 96 'Quatrieme Partie, contenant Des Figures d'Academie d'Hommes et de Femmes.'; pl. 107 'Cincquieme Partie, Contenant Des Enfans, en diverses Attitudes. ...'; pl. 119 'Sixieme Partie, Contenant des Figures finies, et quelques Groupes. ...'; pl. 142 'Septieme Partie, Contenant Des Compositions, ou Sujets Histories. ...'; and pl. 155 'Huitieme Partie, Contenant Divers Animaux. ...'. In addition there are duplicate impressions of pl. 80, 94, 95, 108, 137, 144 and 145 each printed with a chiaroscuro woodblock in ochre (as is the portrait of Abraham Bloemaert).

Copy Notes Bought at the sale of the late architect and antiquary James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) for 2 guineas on 18 December 1814 with other books and prints to the value of £27, paid by draft dated 19 December. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous booksellers).

Binding C19th half russia, gilt-ruled and blind-tooled spine, marbled-paper boards. Soane reimbursed John Britton £1 2s. on 16 November 1814 for binding and hot-pressing this volume. (Archive 7/6/55).

Reference Number 1711


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