27 - 28 June 2005
MAIRET, François-Ambroise. Notice sur la lithographie, deuxième édition suivie d'un essai sur la reliure et le blanchiment des livres et gravures. Chatillon-sur-Seine: C. Cornillac, 1824.
8o (181 x 113 mm). 5 lithographed plates. (Some foxing.) Original printed wrappers (spine partly split, some wear at corners); cloth folding case.
Second edition, but the FIRST to include the treatise on bookbinding. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by the author: "Mairet was the first professional lithographic printer to write a book about the process" (Twyman), and his account, first published in Dijon in 1818, precedes Senefelder's treatise. Mairet discusses the theory of lithography, the ways of drawing on stone and the methods of printing. Much of the second part was used by LeNormand in his Manuel du relieur, Paris, 1827. RARE: NUC locates only the Library of Congress copy; to that Pollard adds a copy at the British Library. Only one copy is recorded in auction records since 1975. Bigmore & Wyman II, 14 ("The new edition was printed in a far superior manner to the old one, and the plates are much better executed...Copies are now seldom met with"); Mejer Bibliographie der Buchbinderei Literatur (1925), no. 1927; Pollard Early Bookbinding Manuals 52; Twyman Lithography 1800-1850 pp. 92-95;
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