(Amsterdam: Zacharias Chatelain, 1733). 472 x 302 mm. (18 1/2 x 11 3/4"). 4 p.l., XXVI, , 158,  pp. FIRST EDITION IN DUTCH.
HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY DUTCH MOTTLED PANELLED CALF, GILT, BY THE ROSETTE ROLL BINDERY AND SUENONIUS MANDELGREEN, covers with gilt roll frames and large oblique fleurons at corners, central lozenge, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with central star medallion enclosed by drawer handles and other ornaments, curling cornerpieces, maroon morocco label (short portions of joints apparently--and, if so, very expertly--repaired at top and bottom). Engraved title within architectural border, engraved vignette on letterpress title, and 60 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES BY PICART illustrating tales from classical mythology, each plate with captions in French, English, German, and Dutch. Front pastedown with bookplate of Swedish collector Victor von Stedingk; verso of half title with engraved armorial bookplate of Phs. Van Yypersele. Cohen-de Ricci 531; Brunet V, 696. For the binding: J. Storm van Leeuwen IIB, Rosette Roll Bindery and S. Mandelgreen (Middelburg): p. 597, roll II and p. 623, roll X. Joints a bit flaked and with short, thin cracks at top and bottom (not affecting firmness), tiny chip to tail of spine and small chip out of label, corners somewhat rubbed, but the impressive binding nevertheless in extremely agreeable condition, the covers virtually unblemished, and the gilt still very bright. Expert paper restoration adding a new two-inch strip across the top, well away from any letterpress, text leaves with occasional minor foxing and frequently a little browned, otherwise fine internally with wide margins, THE PLATES (ON SUPERIOR PAPER STOCK) CLEAN AND BRIGHT, WITH RICH IMPRESSIONS.
This Dutch retelling of classical myths from Ovid and other Roman authors is beautifully illustrated by the man Ray calls "the outstanding professional illustrator of the first third of the eighteenth century"; it is offered in a very pleasing binding incorporating tools from two Middelburg binders who apparently had a close working relationship. Jan Storm van Leeuwen suggests that Mandelgreen, who was not Dutch by birth, began his career in Middelburg with the Rosette Roll Bindery before going on to create bindings that were "among the most beautiful made in the Netherlands during the eighteenth century." Mandelgreen (d. 1758) was originally from Sweden, and Storm van Leeuwen believes he may have come to Holland via England, as his bindings show a definite English influence. The binding here is similar to those by the Rosette Roll Bindery pictured in Storm van Leeuwen L884 and fig. 237, large folio bindings that are "most elaborate, with varied marbling, three wide frames, corner tooling, and a large central block." Storm van Leeuwen notes that the bindery and Mandelgreen had a number of tools in common, and rolls associated with both workshops appear on our covers. Taught by his father, Etienne, our artist Picart (1673-1733) distinguished himself both as designer and engraver, executing a variety of different kinds of plates, mostly for books, in Paris and then Amsterdam. For this "Temple of the Muses" Picart was inspired by a "Temple des Muses" of 1655 with designs by Diepenbecke. The 60 plates illustrate ancient myths, the twisting figures framed by often-stormy landscapes, the scenes enclosed by lovely Rococo borders that are superb examples of the style. This was one of Picart's final projects, and in it he combines the baroque style in which he was trained with elements from the emerging Rococo school. Former owner Victor von Stedingk was apparently the distinguished military figure by that name (born in Stockholm in 1751 and died there in 1823) who was also a bibliophile with a library featuring fine bindings. (ST13826)
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