STALKER, John [and George PARKER]. A Treatise of Japaning and Varnishing, Being a compleat Discovery of those Arts. Oxford: for the author, 1688.
2° (370 x 230mm). 23 copper-engraved plates only (of 24, lacking plate 18). (Small clean tears to plates 3 and 9, S1 and 2 misbound, E2 holed with loss of two characters, title and six other leaves with small tears, all without loss, most to the blank margins.) Contemporary panelled sheep (spine slightly split and worn at head and foot). Provenance: Edwin Sandys of (?)Northborne Court, Kent (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, a variant giving only Stalker's name on the title. Two other titles exist: one giving both names and one giving only Parker's name. A fine copy of a rare work that is often found incomplete, as the author recommended that the plates be removed and used as patterns. The work is not only a model book for decorating furniture and smaller objects in the new oriental style, but also includes a comprehensive account of the techniques to be employed in japaning, gilding, burnishing, the production of glass-prints, varnishing and various trompe-l'oeil techniques amongst others. It is also an important source book for early ceramic designs, particularly Viennese porcelain. Percival "A Treatise on Japaning" in The Connoisseur (1929) 84:153-163; Wing S-5187C.