Traité théorique et pratique sur l’art de faire et d’appliquer…

Traité théorique et pratique sur l’art de faire et d’appliquer les vernis; by TINGRY, Pierre François (1743-1821)
preparation of paints and varnishes
TINGRY, Pierre François (1743-1821)

Traité théorique et pratique sur l’art de faire et d’appliquer les vernis; sur les différens genres de peinture par impression et en décoration, ainsi que sur les couleurs simples et composées: accompagné de nouvelles observations sur le copal; de notes historiques sur la nature des matières et sur les procédés mis en usage par les compositeurs des couleurs et de vernis, et par les peintres vernisseurs et décorateurs, &c. &c. &c. An XI. (1803).

First Edition, Fine Paper Copy. Two volumes, 8vo, (198 x 124 mm), pp. [iv], xlviii, 326, [1] errata, [1] blank; [iv], 351, [1] errata, woodcut device on each title, with five etched plates (four folding) in vol. 1 and a folding printed table in vol. 2, printed on thick, blue tinted paper, in contemporary mottled calf, flat spines attractively gilt in compartments, with orange and black lettering pieces, a circular numbering piece in contrasting orange on the black label, lettered and numbered in gilt, with red sprinkled carmine edges, liberally applied leading to the partial closure of a couple of pages, a little rubbed at extremities but a handsome set, with the bookplate of the Bibliothèque de Mr. de Barante on the pastedowns.

A lovely copy of this important work on varnishes, printed on thick, blue paper and retaining its attractive contemporary binding. This fine paper copy feels significantly more luxurious than the standard issue. The British Library copy, which is on thinner, white paper, measures a textblock thickness of only 18.5 and 20 mm compared to the 26 and 25 mm of the present copy.
‘A comprehensive treatise on the preparation and use of varnishes, paints and colors. Tingry gives descriptions and results of his many experiments and, in general, supplies the principles and operations which were missing in Jean Félix Watin’s L’art de faire et d’employer le vernis, Paris 1772, to which there are frequent references.’ (Cole 1287 describing the English edition.)

Neville II, p. 558.

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