Record number 07/3403
Author Pliny, the Elder, 0023 - 0079
Uniform Title[Naturalis Historia. Book 35.]
TitleHistoire De La Peinture Ancienne, Extraite De L'Histoire Naturelle De Pline, Liv. XXXV. Avec le Texte Latin, corrigé sur les Mss. de Vossius & sur le I. Ed. de Venise, & éclairci par des Remarques nouvelles. - [Epigraph] -
ImprintA Londres: Chez Guillaume Bowyer, MDCCXXV.
Physical Description[2], xii, [6], 308, [8] p., frontis., [1] pl.; 356 mm. (Folio.)
Physical Description NoteThe plate carries no plate-number but the number of the page next to which it is to be bound, 'pag. 265'.
Content Format Note[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface (by D... D..., 1724) - Liste Alphabetique Des Personnes qui ont bien voulu souscrire pour l'Edition de l'Ouvrage - Histoire De La Peinture Ancienne - C. Plinii Secundi Naturalis Historiae Liber XXXV ...; C. Plinii S. De Pictura & Coloribus Elenchos - Table Des Matieres - Index Emendationum - Errata.
Summary NoteThis is the large-paper issue. In the same year the work was also issued in smaller size.

The part containing the Latin text is accompanied by extensive notes in French.

Pliny the elder's Naturalis Historia is the work of a polymath, surveying the physics of the universe, the physiology of mankind and other animals and the nature of human society. Books 33 to 37 are an account of minerals and their use in medicine and the arts, with a digression on the history of art. The chapters on the history of painting (35: 36) record much about Zeuxis, Parrhasius, Apelles and other artists and how they were estimated in Pliny's time.

The plates are captioned and show: (frontis.) 'Le Triomphe De La Peinture'; (at pag. 265) 'Alexander Magnus Ab Apelle Reprehensus'. The text is also decorated with a headpiece to the dedication.
Responsibility NoteThe Preface is by 'D... D...', i.e. David Durand; who states that proofs of the text have been corrected by a young man born like his father for the glory of printing [presumably William Bowyer the younger].

The frontispiece is signed as designed and made by B. Picart. The plate at p.265 is signed as drawn by L. Cheron and engraved by G. Vder Gucht.

The dedication headpiece is also signed as drawn by L. Cheron and engraved by G. Vder. Gucht.

The work is dedicated to the King [George I].
SubjectPainting, Greek - Paintings, Greek - Painters, Greek - Artists - Artists' materials - Colours - Greece - History
Treatises, Latin - Art history - Art criticism - Rome - 1st century
Commentaries - Art history - Great Britain - 18th century
Name as Subject Apelles, fl. late 4th century B.C.
ReproductionsAn electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). Microfilm versions were published in 2001 (Woodbridge Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]), 1997 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications) and 1987 (London: British Library). A microfiche version was published in 1989 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).
ReferencesESTC T133316 [large-paper issue].
S. Carey, Pliny's catalogue of culture: art and empire (2003).
Pliny the elder, Histoire naturelle. Livre XXXV, la peinture, tr. and ed. J.M. Croisille and P.E. Dauzat (1997).
Pliny the elder, Peri tes archaeas Hellenices zographices (1994), tr. and ed. T. Roussos and A.V. Levides.
J. Isager, Pliny on art and society: the elder Pliny's chapters on the history of art (1991; rev. 1998).
Pliny the elder, The elder Pliny's chapters on the history of art (1896; rev. 1986; 2/1977).
G. Becatti, 'Plinio e Vasari', in Studi di storia dell'arte in onore di Valerio Mariani (1972).
Copy NoteMarginal annotations in pencil are carried by pages 136 (in French) and 142 (in English).
Binding Note18th-century mottled calf; gilt-decorated spine, spine lettered 'Pline Sur La Peinture'.
ProvenanceThe title page is inscribed in ink, 'Maria Callcott 1835'. The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'The bequest of Sr. Augs. W. Callcott'.
Contributors Durand, David, 1680 - 1763
Picart, Bernard, 1673 - 1733, source artist, draughtsman, engraver
Chéron, Louis, 1660 - ca. 1725, draughtsman
Gucht, Gerard van der, 1696 - 1776, engraver
Bowyer, William, the elder, 1663 - 1737, publisher
George I, King of Great Britain, 1660 - 1727, dedicatee
Callcott, Maria, 1785 - 1842, previous owner
Callcott, Augustus Wall, R.A., 1779 - 1844, previous owner, donor
Bowyer, William, the younger, 1699 - 1777, printer
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