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Title: Traite de Mignature, Pour Apprendre aisement a Peindre sans Maistre, Avec le Secret de fair les plus belles Couleurs, l'Or bruny, & Or en Coquelle. Quatrieme Edition. Reveue, corrigee & augmentee par l'Auteur.
Description: A Paris, Chez Christope Ballard..., 1697. 12mo (in 6s), 157 x 90 mms., pp. [xiv], 166 [167 - 1766 contents], woodcut of pantograph on page 8, contemporary calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments, morocco label; lacks leaves before title-page and after end of text, some minor marginal worming, joints cracked, top and base of spine worn, corners worn. A fair copy. First published in 1673 or 1674, Traite de Mignature proved to be very popular with aspiring artists, because of its detailed instructions on preparing paints and pigments. The first English translation appeared in 1729, The Art of Painting in Miniature. A diagram of a colour wheel was added to the edition published in 1708, making the work even more successful and useful. The attribution of the work to "Claude Boutet" was made by Joseph-Marie Quérard (1797-1865) in his his bibliographic dictionary, La France Litteraire (1826-1842), deriving from a pencil annotation of an edition of the work published in 1711. Otherwise, nothing seems to be known whatsoever about M. Boutet.

Keywords: painting technology prose

Price: GBP 330.00 = appr. US$ 471.24 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 7650

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