Bartolozzi and his Works: A Biographical & Descriptive Account of The Life and Career of Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A.

Bartolozzi and his Works: A Biographical & Descriptive Account of The Life and Career of Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A.
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London: Field & Tuer; New York: Scribner & Welford, 1885. 8vo, viii, 478pp. plus one leaf of advertisements. White faux vellum and ribbon-threaded boards. Bottom ribbons lost. Moderate foxing. Two plates and two fold-out reproductions of advertisements. Decorative title page. Number 113 of 500 copies of this limited edition, signed by the author. Pages untrimmed. A very good copy. Second, limited edition of 500 copies (this is number 113), corrected and revised with additional matter. Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815) was an Italian engraver, whose most productive period was spent in London. For nearly forty years he lived in London, and produced an enormous number of engravings. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768, and in 1802 became the founding President of the short-lived Society of Engravers. Bartolozzi achieved a technological breakthrough by inventing a new stipple technique of colored engraving, in which he successfully reproduced the famous colored portrait drawings of Holbein from the Royal collection in 1793. (Item Id: 6211)

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