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Landseer, John.  Lectures on the art of engraving, delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (pr. by J. M'Creery), 1807. 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). [2], xxxviii, [2], 341 (pag. skips 3/4), [1] pp.
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First edition: Landseer (ca. 1765–1852), Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy, makes his case for the value of engraving as an art form. He also has strong words regarding certain other critics' and artists' statements — and in some cases their "wretched bungling" engraving efforts (p. 303), particularly as connected to their conning money out of unsuspecting subscribers and purchasers. => The lectures cover both contemporary and historical techniques of engraving, and include descriptions of ancient gems and coins.
        Provenance: Ex–Franklin Institute copy with title-page and one other perforation-stamped, first preface page with its 19th-century rubber-stamp; early inked checkmark in upper margin of title-page and small inked numeral in lower margin of first preface page. => An interesting provenance as the Franklin Institute's original mission was the "Promotion of the Mechanic Arts."

NSTC L398. Recent plain black cloth, spine with printed paper label. Printshop offsetting onto one sectional title; pages age-toned with light to moderate foxing throughout, a few signatures more heavily foxed. => A very solid, usable copy.  (41475)   Please RESHELVE This.


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