Book Id: 43412 Catalogue de livres d'estampes et de figures en taille douce. Michel de Marolles.
Catalogue de livres d'estampes et de figures en taille douce.
Catalogue de livres d'estampes et de figures en taille douce.

Catalogue de livres d'estampes et de figures en taille douce.

Publisher Information: Paris: Frédéric Léonard, 1666.

Marolles, Michel de (1600-1681). Catalogue de livres d’estampes et de figures en taille douce. 167, [15]pp. Paris: Frederic Leonard, 1666. 168 x 107 mm. Full red morocco ca. 1666, gilt spine, and inner dentelles, all edges gilt; in quarter morocco drop-back box. Outer leaves a bit foxed but a fine copy. Bookplate of Hans (Jean) Fürstenberg (1890-1982)

First Edition of the first book on print collecting. Marolles, a French churchman and avid collector, amassed a collection of over 120,000 engravings by more than 6000 masters, which he had bound into 400 large volumes. In his Catalogue he arranged the collection into schools, and in his preliminary and concluding essays he illuminated market conditions and the methods and tastes of fellow collectors. He also documented the relative weighting, in acquisition decisions, of physical condition, rarity, provenance, artist, engraver and the beauty of the image. Perhaps because of this book, Louis XIV’s finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, purchased Marolles’s print collection for 26,000 livres, and it became the basis of the Cabinet d’Estampes at the Bibliothèque royale (now the Bibliothèque nationale de France). Marolles distinguished “originals,” i.e. those engraved by the master, from those engraved by others. He identified a substantial number of engravers, and he explained to other collectors how to arrange their collections into albums. He also listed the plates in many famous illustrated books on cartography, architecture, travel and other subjects.

This copy was once owned by the noted German-French book collector Hans Furstenberg; see the article on him in Wikipedia.

Book Id: 43412

Price: $12,500.00

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