12mo, pp. , 211, , engraved pictorial head-piece to first text leaf; a little foxing, still a very good copy in 19th century quarter sheep with marbled boards, flat spine gilt, lightly worn.
US $349 €285
First edition of an early piece of art criticism, including reflections on the state-sponsored Parisian exhibition of painting and sculpture (Salon) in 1748.
A famous art collector of extensive means, Saint-Yves was well placed to critique new exhibitions, commenting on the annual exhibits of the Royal Academy of painting and sculpture in Paris. His work laid the foundations for the modern discipline of art criticism.
Neil McWilliam (editor), A bibliography of Salon criticism in Paris from the Ancien Regime to the Restoration, 1699-1827, Cambridge 1991, no. 50
You may also be interested in...
Memorie istoriche delle sacre teste de’ Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo e della loro solenne ricognizione nella Basilica Lateranense, con un’ appendice di documenti.
First edition of a description of the relics of St. Paul and St. Peter, which after a long and adventurous history found their final resting place in the altar of the Lateran basilica in Rome. The book also illustrates and describes two new marble busts of St. Peter and St. Paul by the contemporary sculptor Luigi Acquisti. Leonardo Antonelli was a Cardinal who had assembled a choice collection of books and employed Francesco Cancellieri as his librarian.
Printed trade label. ‘Thomas Fentham, Carver, Gilder, and Picture-Frame Maker, at No. 52, opposite Old Round Court, Strand, London. Sells all Sorts of Picture, Print and Looking-Glass Frames, of any colour to match Rooms; various Sorts of Green and Gold Dressing-Glasses, rich Girandoles, &c. and Green and Blue Venetian Window-Blinds. Old Pictures and Prints cleaned, lined, repaired, and secured from Dust. [
Thomas Fentham (1774-1808) ‘was a leading looking glass and picture framer in the Strand, whose business was carried on after his death by his son’.