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BELL, Henry.

Historical Essay on the Original of Painting.

Wherein is Exhibited I. Some Probabilities and Pretentions to its Invention before the Flood. II. Its Commencement again after the Flood, and its Progress through several Nations to the Time of Cimabue, An. 1276.

London: for J. Worrall, 1728 Stock Code: 122232
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First edition of a scarce work on the history of painting. According to a manuscript note to page 34, presumably by Mr Forster, much of the work apparently derives from Dryden's Ancient Masters of Paintinge, Mr Forster supplying page references to Dryden's work to several pages here, with extensive cross-referencing to the Chronological Account of the Painters since the time of Cimabue at the end of the work, which the author ascribes to Mr Richardson's Essay on the Theory of Painiting of 1715, Mr Forster instead supplying numerous page numbers for Dryden's work instead.

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Description

Duodecimo in 6s (158 x 100 mm). Contemporary panelled sheep, spine unlettered, remains of paper titling label tipped onto title fore edge.

Illustrations

Title printed in red and black, woodcut initials and vignettes.

Condition

Spine ends and corners professionally repaired, light surface abrasion to boards, inner hinges neatly reinforced, paper titling label pasted to title fore edge defective. Ownership inscription of Ralph Forster dated 1735 to front free endpaper, with his annotations from chapter IV on. A few pen trials and the odd mark; an attractive copy.

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