1895 The Seven Planets
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Illustrated, Rebound, Scarce
To the title page there is a vignette showing the order of the celestial system according to a woodcut in the Schedel Chronicle published at Nuremberg in 1493. The plates to this work are reproduction photogravures from the originals in the British Museum and depict what life was believed to be there. They are as follows: Section 'A' is 'The Seven Planets' a series of Florentine plates, formerly ascribed to Baccio Baldini. Section 'B' is A set of free copies of the above, also Italian, and dating from the fifteenth century. The Calendar of 1465. Section 'C' 'The Seven Planets' a series of woodcuts of Netherlandish origin in a block-book now in the Berlin Print Room Section 'D' 'The Seven Planets' a series of pen-drawings by an Upper German master in an album, known as the 'Mediaeval House-Book' preserved at the Castle of Wolfegg. Section 'E' Seven Woodcuts by Hans Sebald Beham representing the 'Seven Planets' Section 'F' Seven Italian Woodcuts of the year 1533 ascribed to Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari. With an informative textual accompaniment to the woodcuts by Friedrich Lippmann, an Austro-German art historian. Translated into English by Florence Simmonds. With 38 plates total, Collated, complete. Printed for the Chalcographical Society, with a list of subscribers to the start of the work. With the occasional 'Public Library Chelsea' stamp, to the verso of the title page and to the list of illustrations, none to the plates.
In a full cloth binding. Rebound. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear. Chelsea library stamp to the title page and to the illustration list page, not affecting any of the plates. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Some cockling to the plates due to some previous water damage which is evident by the odd black tidemark to the top of pages from the ink. Occasional chalcography society stamps to the rear of plates.
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