5 December 2008
LOMAZZO, Giovanni Paolo (1538-1600). A Tracte Containing the Artes of Curious Paintinge Carvinge & Buildinge... Englished by R[ichard]. H[aydock]. Oxford: Joseph Barnes for R.H[aydock], 1598.
2o (260 x 178 mm). Engraved title-page, 13 plates, numerous head- tail-pieces and initials. (Foot of the title-page repaired on verso, one or two marginal tears affecting the running headline on 2H3 and the plate mark on 2R6.) Modern calf gilt antique.
"THE FIRST TREATISE ON PAINTING TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH" (DNB)
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION and translation of books 1-5 (of 7) of Lomazzo's Trattato dell'arte de la Pittura of 1584: "a compendium of Mannerist theory, most interesting for the emphasis it places on light and on psychological expression, where he revived themes explored by Leonardo" (Grove Art). With illustrations by Haydock (1569/70 - ca 1642) (including a self-portrait on the title-page) based on Dürer's Vier Bücher of 1528. Haydock published A Tracte while a still a student at New College Oxford. Harris 519; STC 16698.
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