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Piles, (Roger) de

Abregé de la vie des peintres, avec des reflexions sur leurs ouvrages … seconde edition, revue & corrigée par l’auteur ; avec un abregé de sa vie, & plusieurs autres additions.

Paris, Jacques Estienne 1715.

Reference: 6820
Price: £180 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Engraved frontispiece, (36) + 554 + (110)pp. Contemporary full calf, rebacked. Booklabel of Peter and Linda Murray.

Second edition of this influential pocket-size volume offering brief biographies of the most celebrated painters and De Piles’s personal opinions on the artistic merit of their work. De Piles (1635-1709) had written the book during a three year’s imprisonment in the Netherlands as a French secret agent in the mid 1690s, and it is based on the wide knowledge of European art that he had acquired as travelling tutor and secretary to M.Amelot, successively French Ambassador to Venice, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain. The present edition, published after his death, includes a helpful biographical note on De Piles and some other added material, including a brief biography of the painter Coypel. The last six unnumbered pages of the volume’s text are occupied by a printed catalogue of books and remainders available from its publisher, Jacques Estienne.