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[Colophon: Getruckt zu Franckfort am Mayn: bey Martin Lechlern, in Verlegung Barbara Weilandt Doct. Johannis Snipii unnd Maria Weilandt [i.e. Egonolff’s heirs.] 1589

Small 8vo, (ii) + 55 + (7) leaves. Title-page in red and black with woodcut of artist’s materials, colophon with woodcut device on last page. Paper slightly and evenly browned, otherwise a fine copy. Modern blind-stamped pigskin.

An early edition, perhaps the fourth, of this work on the illumination of manuscripts and other works on paper, and like all manuals of this kind, very rare. “One of the oldest treatises on art — published six years after the death of Holbein, in 1549 — was written by the Alsatian Valentin Boltz von Rufach who was from 1547–1555 hospital-chaplain at Basle” (Schmid, The practice of painting, p. 57). It continued to be published into the second half of the next century. Boltz von Rufach describes the preparation of pigments, inks, sizes and varnishes. He provides instructions for the preparation of gilt backgrounds, and details for the mixing of pigments to achieve realistic colours, e.g. for the skin, sky, light and shadow. See Ornamentstichsammlung Berlin 4743 (1550 edition). No copy of the 1549 edition appears in KVK.


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