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THE PREPARATION OF PAINTS AND VARNISHES FOR ARTISTS. FIRST EDITION, FINE PAPER COPY.

TINGRY, Pierre François (1743-1821)

Traité théorique et pratique sur l’art de faire et d’appliquer les vernis ; sur les différens genres de peinture par impression et en décoration, ainsi que sur les couleurs simples et composées: accompagné de nouvelles observations sur le copal; de notes historiques sur la nature des matières et sur les procédés mis en usage par les compositeurs des couleurs et de vernis, et par les peintres vernisseurs et décorateurs, &c. &c. &c

Geneva: chez G. J. Manget, libraire, 1803
2 volumes 8vo: π2 a–c8A–V8 X4, 190 leaves, pp. [4] xlviii 326 [2] (errata on last leaf, verso blank; π2 A–Y8, 178 leaves, pp. [4] 351 [1] (errata on last page). Woodcut device on each title, publisher’s authenticating signature on verso of title to volume I. Printed on thick, blue tinted paper.
5 etched plates in volume I and a printed table in volume II: plates numbered Pl. 1–5 and bound at pp. 56, 57, 59 195 and 272, all but Pl. 4 folding.
Condition: 198 x 128 x 26, 25mm. A fine fresh copy.
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, flat gilt spines with orange and black lettering pieces. Red sprinkled carmine page edges. A little rubbed but well preserved and attractive bindings.
Provenance: Prosper de Barante (1782–1866), French historian, writer and politician, engraved armorial bookplate in each volume.
First edition, fine paper copy. There were several later French editions and English and German translations appeared in 1804.
Bibliography: Neville II, p. 558.
£1,800

An attractive copy of ‘a comprehensive treatise on the preparation and use of varnishes, paints and colors. Tingry gives descriptions and results of his many experiments and, in general, supplies the principles and operations which were missing in Jean Félix Watin’s L’art de faire et d’employer le vernis, Paris 1772, to which there are frequent references.’ (Cole 1287 describing the English edition.)
This copy is printed on heavy blue tinted paper. The British Library copy, 58.G.32, on thinner, white paper is slightly taller but the textblocks of the two volumes are only 18.5 and 20mm thick.
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