Catalogue des estampes gravées d’après Rubens. Auquel on a joint l’oeuvre de Jordaens, & celle de Visscher. Avec un secret pour blanchir les estampes & en ôter les taches d’huile.
Paris, Briasson (and Charles-Antoine Jombert) 1751.
8vo. (2) + iii + (1) + pp iii-xi + (1) + 132 + 44 + (8)pp. Contemporary full mottled calf, rubbed and worn, rebacked with recent cloth spine. Bookplate of Michael Jaffé (1923-1997), Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and authority on the painter Rubens. The copy contains a few neat corrections or additions to the text in pen and in pencil, all in an eighteenth century hand and possibly authorial in origin.
The first extensive listing of the very numerous seventeenth-century engravings done after paintings or drawings by Rubens. It is a real credit to its compiler, the Parisian engraver and print dealer Robert Hecquet (1693-1775), and although a fuller catalogue of the engravings concerned was produced fifteen years later by François Basan (see that item), Hecquet’s well-organised arrangement of the material and his careful attention to detail set the standard for all subsequent publications on the subject. Hecquet adds at the end similar listings of the known engravings after paintings and drawings by Rubens’s followers Jacob Jordaens and Cornelius Visscher, and also a short text giving instructions on how to clean Old Master engravings by exposing them to steam and sunshine.