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[BOUTET (Claude)]. The Art of Painting in Miniature: teaching the speedy and perfect acquisition of that art without a master. ... To which are added certain secrets of one of the greatest Italian painters for making the finest Colours, Burnish'd Gold, Shell-Gold, &c. Done from the original French.1730

London: Printed for G. Smith, Second English edition, 12mo, [10], 121, [7]pp., signatures: A4 B-G8 H2 I-K4 L6 (t.p. not included in collation; B3 signed "B5"), final 3 leaves of index incorrectly bound after preface, title-page printed in red and black, head- and tail-pieces and initials, publisher's advertisement on last page, one woodcut within text, title-page a little browned, G3 with a repair to a closed tear, H1 with printer's error corrected in ink in a cont. hand, recent full calf in a cont. style, spine gilt. Boutet's manual was first published in French in 1684. "The first English edition of 1729 does not contain some of the recipes which appear at the end of the second French edition of 1674 whereas they are included in the second English edition of 1730."—Harley, Artists' Pigments. p. 20. This second edition is rare, ESTC locates just 3 copies (Brighton Central Library, Calke Abbey Library and University of North Carolina); The first English edition of 1729 is of similar rarity with ESTC locating just 5 copies.

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