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Piles, Roger de.  Cours de peinture par principes. Amsterdam & Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus; Paris: Chez les Freres Estienne, 1767. 12mo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., [8], 389, [11] pp.; 2 plts.

Attractive 18th-century printing of an influential treatise on painting by de Piles (1635–1709), an eminent artist, critic, and member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. The publisher's foreword notes that the work had become "extrêmement rare" since its original publication in 1708, prompting => this updated edition, here in its second printing following the first of the previous year (that 1766 issue having been part of a five-volume Oeuvres diverses of de Piles; the date and the booksellers' information have been reset on the title-page here). The text is illustrated with the engraved allegorical frontispiece and two plates, one of which is signed by Charles de Rochefort, from the 1708 Jacques Estienne edition. At the back of the volume is de Pile's original — and still controversial — "objective" numerical breakdown of the talents of 56 famous painters, assigning points in four categories (composition, drawing, color, and expression).
        WorldCat locates => only three U.S. institutions reporting holdings of this 1767 printing, and just a handful of the 1766.

Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped title and pomegranate decorations in compartments; joints and extremities rubbed, with back joint starting from foot. All edges stained red. Pages with a very few scattered small spots or smudges, overall clean.  (40294)   Please RESHELVE This.

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