(Blasche, Bernhard Heinrich)

The art of working in pasteboard, upon scientific principles ; to which is added, an appendix, containing directions for constructing architectural models : intended as a sequel to Papyro-Plastics, or the Art of Modelling on Paper. Translated from the German, with corrections and additions, by D.Boileau.

London, Boosey and Sons 1827.

Reference: 09960
Price: £420 [convert currency]

Full Description

Small square 8vo. 114 + (2)pp, 8 folding engraved plates. Original boards, with printed paper label on upper cover, neatly rebacked.

As the translator explains in his preface, this instruction book is founded on the writings of B.H.Blasche, a teacher at a school at Schnepfenthal in Germany where pupils were expected to combine “some easy manual art” with the normal educational curriculum. An earlier treatise by Blasche on the art of working in paper had already been translated into English under the title Papyro-Plastics, or the Art of Modelling on Paper, first published in 1824, and the success of Papyro-Plastics, which ran to further editions in 1825 and 1830, encouraged Blasche’s translator, Daniel Boileau, to put together this rather scarcer sequel, embodying material from two publications by Blasche on producing models from pasteboard. Pasteboard, as a more substantial material, enabled the construction of more ambitious and long-lasting objects, which could be coloured, varnished and gilded, and the high point of the present volume is an appendix providing detailed instructions on how a young person could build a model of the front elevation of an Ionic temple out of the “best Bristol board”.

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