1871 Landscape Painting In Water-colours, Barnard, 26 Leighton Bros Lithographs For Sale
1871 Landscape Painting in Water-Colours, Barnard, 26 Leighton Bros Lithographs
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The Theory and Practice of
ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF TWENTY=SIX DRAWINGS AND DIAGRAMS IN COLOURS, AND NUMEROUS WOODCUTS
Routledge, Warne & Routledge, London, 1871.
Three-quarter leather over pebbled cloth-covered boards with ribbed leather spine (spine cover replaced, and original backstrip reattached), gilt titles and decoration,, quarto, marbled page edges, 286 pages, two- page publishers catalogue at rear, 26 lithographed colour plates including a hand coloured plate and with numerous woodcuts.
First published in parts in 1854, a second edition appeared in 1858. This edition of 1871 is the third (it contains a "Preface to the Third Edition"), although the edition statement on the title page reads simply "New Edition."
The color printing was done by the Leighton Brothers in London. Leighton Brothers are also known as the printers and publishers of the Illustrated London News between 1858 and 1885.
Primarily of interest for the high quality of its color printing by the Leighton Brothers. Among the most interesting plates are the more abstract ones relating to the technicalities of color, as noted by Ruari McLean: Victorian Book Design & Colour Printing, p.192: "Of whatever use his [Barnard's] Landscape Painting was to artists, it is certainly, with its twenty-six color plates, a most interesting manual of what could be achieved at that time by colour printing. On only one plate, no.4, with twenty five panels showing harmonious arrangements of colour, does there appear to be any hand-colouring. Plates 22 and 23 might be sketches, or notes, by a French Impressionist, and are, in their way, among the most improbable examples of colour printing of the whole century."
CONDITION: Covers in Good condition. (Covers have edgewear, new spine cover incorporating the original ribbed center section).
Contents are in Very Good- condition. (Age tanning of paper, browning and spots on endpapers and pastedowns, With the exception of the frontispiece lithograph which is moderately foxed, and a few plates which have some spots on the blank margins, the contents and plates are intact and clean.)
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