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Gruner, Ludwig Specimens of Ornamental Art selected from the best models of the classical epochs. Atlas volume. With 80 lithographed plates, 49 of them in chromolithography and 7 in sepia. London, Thomas M'Lean, 1850. title page, plate verse, 80 plates. Gr. folio. Half leather at present with rich gilding on the back (buffed and scraped, joints with tears). First (and only) edition of the magnificent plate volume. - Brunet II, 1769 - Ornamental masterpieces 108 - Pollen I, 738. - "One of the most impressive achievements of mid-Victorian colour printing", says Ruari McLean, "In Ludwig Gruner's Ornamental Art many of the polychromatic plates are the best ever made in Britain, the craftsmanship must compete with that of the original artists, to whom Giotto and Michelangelo (and Raphael) belong" (Birren book collection 207, McLean 120) - Wilhelm Heinrich Ludwig Gruner (* 24. February 1801 in Dresden, + February 27, 1882 in Dresden) was engraver and director of the Dresden Royal Print Cabinet. Gruner began his studies in painting in 1815 under Klinger, then devoted himself to copperplate engraving under Krüger and in 1825 went to Milan, where he continued his studies under Giuseppe Longhi and Pietro Anderloni. Further stations were France, Spain and England. In 1850 he was commissioned by the British government to produce a book with colour printed pages for the art institutions, based on the best Italian designs, and in 1850 he delivered the splendid work Specimens of ornamental art. - Front page with crease mark, variously foxed. Without the text volume by Emil Braun. First (and only) edition of the magnificent table book. With 80 lithographed plates, including 49 in chromolithography and 7 in sepia. Contemp. half leather (bumped and scraped, joints with tears).

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