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EVELYN, JOHN. Sculptura, or the History and Art of Chalcography, and engraving in copper... to which is annexed, a new manner of engraving, or mezzotinto, communicated by His Highness Prince Rupert to the author of this treatise, John Evelyn, Esq; The second edition, containing some corrections and additions taken from the margin of the author's printed copy...and memoirs of the author's life. [4], xxxvi, 140pp., etched portrait of Evelyn by Thomas Worlidge, one en-graved plate, and a folding mezzotint by Houston after Prince Rupert. Contemporary tree calf neatly rebacked. Some slight foxing and light browning, but a very good copy. 8vo. J. Payne. 1755. ~ The first edition of 1662 contains the first published reference to mezzo-tint, "invented and communicated by His Highness Prince Rupert". The description of this new technique is left "aenigmatical" as the Prince "did not think it necessary that an art so curious and (as yet) so little vulgar...was to be prostituted at so cheap a rate as the mere naked describing of it here would too soon have expos'd it to." The second edition was published after Evelyn’s death, and the revisions form corrections and additions which Eve-lyn made in the margins of his own copy of the first edition
Author John Evelyn
Date 1755

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