Cours de peinture par principes composé par M. de Piles.
Paris, Jacques Estienne 1708.
8vo. Engraved frontispiece, printed title leaf, 493 + (19)pp, (2) engraved plates (bound after p.108 and p.382). Contemporary mottled calf. Engraved armorial bookplate of Thomas Brand (c.1717-1770), of The Hoo, Kimpton, Hertfordshire, who represented various constituencies in the House of Commons between 1741 and his death, and made the Grand Tour both as a young man and in 1754-5. Also recent bookplate of Michael Jaffé (1923-1997), Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and authority on the painter Rubens. A good, fresh copy.
First edition of this very influential book by Roger de Piles (1635-1709), diplomat, art collector and art critic, in which De Piles discusses the principles involved in the composition of Old Master paintings and in the assessment of the skills of the greatest Old Master painters, with particular emphasis on their draughtsmanship and their handling of colouring and expression. Another useful feature is that De Piles provides one of the earliest discussions, in a book of this character, of the necessary ingredients in landscape painting.