La Haye: La Veuve Le Vier et Pierre Paupie, 1740.
First edition. Engraved allegorical frontispiece by Schley. 2 parts in one volumes. 1 vols. 4to. Contemporary calf, rebacked, original spine laid down and preserving the original endpapers with notes in a contemporary hand on flyleaf. Some slight foxing and toning, otherwise a very handsome copy. Bigmore & Wyman II, p. 22. Item #36933
Printed by Prosper Marchand, a Huguenot publisher and journalist who fled France in 1709, the work appeared at the 300th anniversary of the invention of printing. Marchand writes that he produced the book “a la sollicitation de quelques amis qui ont cru que le troisième jubile ou la troisième année séculaire, de l'imprimerie, reveilleroit infailliblement la curiosité du publique touchant l'origine de ce bel art [at the request of some friends who believed that the third jubilee, or the tercentenary of printing, would infallibly wake the public curiosity concerning the origin of this beautiful art].” The allegorical frontspiece by J.V. Schley show Minerva and Mercury, descending from Heaven, granting the gift of printing to Germany who in turn gives it to England, Holland, France, and Italy. Ex libris of Docteur Laloy pasted to the verso of the front flyleaf and his signature to the title pge. A long manuscript note in an eighteenth century hand giving biographical details of Marchand's life is penned to the recto of the front flyleaf. Pasted in at the botton of the final text page of the second book is a second unidentified allegorial engraving depicting the art of printing.
Very attractive copy of an important book.
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