Maniere de bien juger des ouvrages de peinture.

Paris, Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1771.

12mo, pp. xii, 274, [2]; an excellent copy in contemporary patterned calf, spine gilt in compartments, all edges red.


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First edition. In three parts, this pocket-sized guide to the connoisseurship of paintings covers the innate qualities one must possess to be able to assess art; the studies one must undertake – including natural science, geography and history; and a suggested methodology.

This was only manuscript left by the architectural theorist Laugier on his death in 1769 that was sufficiently advanced for publication. It was edited, with critical notes, by C.N. Cochin.

Cicognara 156; Herrmann, Laugier and 18th century French theory, p.18.

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