Leipzig; Wien: Johan Paul Krauss, 1768; 1769.
First Edition. With 24 folding plates. xxv, 436, [12, index & errata]; [xl], 524, [18, index & errata]. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary three quarter red morocco and marbled boards, spine label. Exterior worn, tear at foot of spine, internally tight and clean. A very good copy. Bigmore & Wyman p.320. Item #36938
Includes notices of Berlin artists, graphic arts (engravers, early woodcuts & woodcut books), history of printing, and account of a journey through Lower Saxony, Westphalia & and Holland. Part Two, with striking images from early printed books such as the “Eagle of John” from Ars Memorandi, includes “a dissertation on the earliest forms of wood-cutting as applied to the illustration … Heinecken conjectures that Gutenberg took the idea of printing from the playing-card makers, who are said to have been the first engravers of historical subjects intermingled with texts. … Heinecken is of opinion that their first productions were taken from wooden blocks.” (Bigmore & Wyman).
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