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    Du Fresnoy's The Art of Painting with a Preface by John Dryden

    Charles Alphonse DuFresnoy and Richard Graham. De Arte Graphica. The Art Of Painting...Together with an Original Preface containing a Parallel betwixt Painting and Poetry. By Mr. Dryden. As also a Short Account Of the most Eminent Painters, Both Ancient and Modern, continu'd down to the Present Times, according to the Order of their Sucession. London: J[ohn] Heptinstall for W[illiam] Rogers, 1695. First edition. Large Paper Issue. Quarto. [A] 2, (a)-(h)4, B-2Y4,2Z2. [2], lxiv, 355, [1] page. Engraved extra-title by H. Cooke and S. Gribelin, title page in red and black. Contemporary Restoration gilt calf with fine panel with edge devices and central gilt device built by repeating stamps; small chip in the central gilt device on the back cover, boards lightly crazed, rubbed, scratched and chipped; rebacked, banded spine, all edges gilt, gilt roll as dentelle, marbled endpapers, light foxing and minor finger soiling; otherwise a very good example of this large paper copy on thick paper. Wing D2458. ESTC r18532. TC II, 560. MacDonald 139a. Arntzen and Rainwater H61.Lowndes 683. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Charles Alphonse DuFresnoy and Richard Graham. De Arte Graphica. The Art Of Painting...Together with an Original Preface containing a Parallel betwixt Painting and Poetry. By Mr. Dryden. As also a Short Account Of the most Eminent Painters, Both Ancient and Modern, continu'd down to the Present Times, according to the Order of their Sucession. London: J[ohn] Heptinstall for W[illiam] Rogers, 1695.   

    First edition. Large Paper Issue. Quarto. [A] 2, (a)-(h)4, B-2Y4,2Z2. [2], lxiv, 355, [1] page. Engraved extra-title by H. Cooke and S. Gribelin, title page in red and black. Contemporary Restoration gilt calf with fine panel with edge devices and central gilt device built by repeating stamps; small chip in the central gilt device on the back cover, boards lightly crazed, rubbed, scratched and chipped; rebacked, banded spine, all edges gilt, gilt roll as dentelle, marbled endpapers, light foxing and minor finger soiling; otherwise a very good example of this large paper copy on thick paper.                                            

    "A didactic poem about painting, written between 1641 and 1665. Sets down theoretical principals, based on Italian precedents, which were most influential for the theory and teaching of art in France and England." - Arntzen and Rainwater.

    Du Fresnoy (1611-1665) French poet and painter, "Fresnoy was a great master of the rules, history, and theory of his profession... Poetry shared with painting the time and thoughts of Du Fresnoy, who, as he penetrated into the secrets of the latter art, wrote down his observations; and having at last acquired a full knowledge of the subject, formed a design of writing a poem upon it, which he did not finish till many years afterwards, when he had consulted the best writers, and examined with the utmost care the most admired pictures in Italy...he continued to revise his poem, on which he bestowed so much attention as frequently to interrupt his professional labours...In 1694, Dryden made a prose translation of it into English, which he accompanied with his ingenious parallel between poetry and painting." -Chalmers.

    "Graham was an acquaintance of Vertue, the engraver, and supplied him with some of the information worked up by Horace Walpole into his Anecdotes of Painting, notably from a manuscript notebook of paintings sold at several sales, extracted from catalogues, alphabetically digested, &c... In the preface to the translation of De Piles's Art of Painting, published in 1706, allusion is made to Graham's treatise, and it is regretted that he was unable to compile a similar account of the English school." - DNB.    

    Wing D2458. ESTC r18532. TC II, 560. MacDonald 139a. Arntzen and Rainwater H61.Lowndes 683.



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