12mo, pp. , 220; very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt flat spine with red morocco label, lower corners a bit bumped, red edges.
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Second edition of this important series of dialogues between a South American (native of Peru) painter and a French amateur and connoisseur on the practice and study of painting, with a special emphasis on the art of the painter Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1779). The original edition appeared in 1755. The author was a member of the Montpellier Academy, who wrote on astronomy, harmony and the fine arts.
Barbier I, 952; Cicognara 28; Vinet 4; Schlosser/Magnino, p. 670.
Bound up with: [SORET, J.] Essai sur les Moeurs. Brussels, 1756; pp. , 193, . Very good condition. First edition. The author was an avocat of the Paris Parlement.
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