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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Thomas WESTWOOD (d. 1888) and William Horatio CRAWFORD (d. 1888), of Lakelands, co. Cork

Pierre-François BASAN (1723-1797).

Dictionnaire des Graveurs anciens et modernes, Depuis l'origine de la Gravure, Par F. Basan, Graveur; Seconde édition, Mise par ordre Alphabétique, considérablement augmentée & ornée de cinquante Estampes par différens Artistes célèbres, ou sans aucune, au gré de l'Amateur.

Paris: Chez L’Auteur, Cuchet, Libraire, Prault, Imprimeur du Roi, 1789. 

2 volumes, extended to four, with interleaving, octavo (9 ¼ x 6 ¾ inches). I: pp. [i-iv; 1-]190; II: 191-348; III: pp. [i-ii; 1-]120; IV: 121-306.  Half-titles lacking. 51 plates by Rembrandt, della Bella, Hollar and others,  on 44 leaves (including the 2 frontispieces), in addition there are 3 small engraved headpieces in the text. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with about 290 additional plates (SEE IMAGES, a few folding, about 170 mounted and bound in on the interleaves) by or after Durer, Aldegrever, della Bella, Callot, Caracci, Simon Fokke, Goltzius, Francois Harrewin, Hollar, Romeyn de Hooghe, J.B. Le Prince, L. van Leyden, A. van Ostade, G.B. Piranesi, van Swanenveldt, Teniers, van de Velde and others.

Condition of contents: excellent.

Later calf gilt, individual marbled paper-covered slipcases, by L. Claessens (signed on front pastedown of vol.I).

Condition of bindings: spines slightly discoloured, hinges lightly rubbed with occasional small splits, surface damage to leather on covers of vol.II

Provenance: Thomas Westwood (d.1888, armorial bookplate); W. H. Crawford (d.1888, armorial bookplate, Sotheby's single-owner sale, lot 264 12th March 1891, sold 20 GBP to 'Roe').

An exceptional extra-illustrated example of the second (considerably enlarged) edition: this copy started life as what is (in effect) the deluxe issue, including a suite of etchings/engravings which, according to the author were included (or not) at the wish of the original buyer ("au gré de l'Amateur").

The plates called for by the plate lists are all printed from the original printing plates. In the present set (as is quite often the case) there are a few additional unlisted plates that are clearly ‘supposed’ to be present (they include the relevant page and volume number engraved in the margin).

The 290-odd extra-illustrations vastly extend the range of the 'official plates', offering illustrations which exemplify the work of many of the greatest engravers of their times: from the 16th to the end of the 18th century.

Crawford / Lakelands provenance: "The sale of the great library of manuscripts, incunabula and other rare volumes, formed from 1870 onwards by...Crawford of Lakelands, County Cork" (De Ricci); it realized £21,255.19.6. Among its treasures were the Complutensian Bible, the "Valdarfer Boccaccio" (bought by Sotheran for the B.M. for £230), Caxton's Mirrour of the World (£160), the Dante of 1481, some early Shakespeare quartos and folios, illuminated manuscripts, five lots of altogether 313 miniatures on vellum, incunables printed by Gutenberg (Matthias de Cracovia, £15 to Quaritch), Mentelin, Sweynheim & Pannartz, Aldus, etc. The catalogue is unique of its kind in that it frequently mentions prices of other copies realized in other sales and those realized for the same copies in earlier sales.”

Reference for book: cf. Cohen/de Ricci, 118-119 (48 engravings on 41 leaves).

Reference for provenance: De Ricci, p. 165. 

  • Binding Condition: Excellent
  • Overall Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 9 ¼ x 6 ¾in; 235 x 172mm


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