London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
SMITH, John (b. ?1648). The Art of Painting. Wherein is included the whole art of vulgar painting ... that all persons ... be sufficiently able to paint in oyl colours not only sun-dials, but also all manner of timber work ... or what ever else requires either use, beauty, or preservation from the violence or injury of weather, London: for Samuel Crouch, 1676. 12° (145 x 80mm). With initial license leaf. (Light, mainly marginal, soiling.) Wing S4099.
[Bound with:] DOWNING, Sir George (1623?-1684). A Discourse ... vindicating his Royal Master from the insolencies of a scandalous libel, London: John Luttone, 1672. 12° (145 x 80mm). With first blank. (Light, mainly marginal, soiling, a few upper margins cropped occasionally affecting page numbers.) 2 other editions were published in the same year. Wing D2108; Sabin 20779: "relates in part to the Dutch West India Company and the New Netherlands". 2 works in one volume, disbound.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORK, RARE, only four copies are listed in ESTC (Bodleian Library, Oxford; British Library; Yale; Huntington). One of the earliest English treatises on the technique and art of painting, it also contains a section on the restoration of oil paintings and the earliest bibliography of dialing, listing and critically assessing a dozen contemporary works.
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