Marmora et adfines aliquos lapides coloribus suis/ Afbeelding der Marmer soorten.../ Abbildungen der Marmor-Arten.../ A representation of different sort of marble.../ Représentation de marbres...
Amsterdam, Johann Christian Sepp, 1776. 4to (303 x 243mm). 5 printed titles in Latin, Dutch, German, English and French, 5 introduction leaves in these languages and 50 leaves of text (including 10 subtitles), describing the plates 1-68. With 98 (of 100) beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary interim blue boards, with handwritten title on frontcover, spine with recent skilful paper repair.
A very fine large and uncut copy of the most beautiful book ever published on marbles. The present copy is one of the most complete copies to appear on the market. The plates are number 1 to 98. The work was first published at Nuremberg in 1775 with the text in German and Latin. In the present Amsterdam edition published by Sepp, the most famous Dutch natural history publisher in the 18th century, French, Dutch and English were added. According to Landwehr 'it is one of the best executed publications of Christian Sepp'. Both editons have the same number of plates. The work was published in issues and copies with more than 70 plates are rare. "Magnificent, outstanding color-plate book of the Mineral Kingdom, depicting an almost infinitely-varied series of marbles and allied ornamental stones from deposits in Germany and nearby countries. Presumably each of the rectangular panels represents the appearance of a polished slab, with most plates depicting six such pieces, but others two, four, and as many as nine. While one is immediately captivated by the richness and depth of the watercoloring, often heightened by the application of opaque white for veinlets, it can be seen that under each painting lies a complex, lightly-incised network of lines, almost like rouletting, over which the colors have been laid" (Sinkankas 7281). The text is by S.C. Schmidel, who had earlier published a colour plate volume on mineral specimens. The plates are by Adam Ludwig Wirsing (1753-1797) who was an publisher, engraver and art dealer in Nuremberg, specializing in natural history. He engraved plates for some of the most lavish German natural history works such as Trew's 'Hortus nitidissimus', Schaeffer's 'Fungorum..' and many others. Landwehr 1; Sinkankas 7282.
Item nr. 7890
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