[HEINECKEN, Karl Heinrich, Baron von (1706-91).] Idée générale d'une collection complette d'estampes. Avec une dissertation sur l'origine de la gravure & sur les premiers livres d'images. Leipzig and Vienna: J.P. Kraus, 1771.
8o (200 x 122 mm). With 33 engraved and woodcut facsimile plates, mostly folding out. (Lightly browned.)
CONTEMPORARY FRENCH ARMORIAL BINDING: gold-tooled red morocco, triple fillets on sides, arms-block of Jules-François de Cotte (Olivier 601, different version) in the center, compartments of spine decorated with small tools and green morocco lettering pieces, roll-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Modern folding cloth box. Provenance: Jules-François de Cotte (1721-1804, Président au Parlement de Paris 1745, Président au Grand-Conseil 1768, grandson of the famous architect Robert de Cotte), his Paris sale 1804, lot 165 -- J.P.A. Parison (inscription), his Paris sale 1856, lot 548 -- Robert Hoe (1839-1909), bookplate, his New York sale, part III, 1912, lot 316 -- Cortlandt F. Bishop (1870-1935), bookplate, his first New York sale, 1938, lot 976 -- Lucius Wilmerding (1879-1949), bookplate, his New York sale, part III, 1951, lot 440 -- Sir Robert Abdy, his first Paris sale, 1975, lot 150.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO COLLECTING PRINTS, blockbooks and the earliest illustrated printed books. The author was a minister at the Court of Saxony, director of the Dresden Print Cabinet, and the owner of one of the finest private collections in Germany of woodcuts and engravings. FINE ASSOCIATION COPY from the library of one of the greatest private collectors in France, who had purchased -- jointly with C.-R. Boutin -- the great De Boze collection en-bloc, had a real interest in illustrated books and the graphic arts, and whose 1804 auction sale saw record prices. Brunet III, 82 (this copy cited); Bigmore and Wyman pp. 311-320; BBB Wittockiana 14.