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An Inquiry Into The Origin And Early History Of Engraving, Upon Copper and in Wood, With An Account Of Engravers And Their Works, From The Invention Of Chalcography By Maso Finiguerra, To The Time Of Marc' Antonio Raimondi. - By William Young Ottley, F.S.A. - Vol. I. (II.) -

William Young Ottley

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed For John And Arthur Arch, 61, Cornhill, By J. McCreery, Black-Horse-Court. -, 1816.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 272 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: xxii, 478 [i.e. 479], [1] p., [9] pl.: illus. (There is a bis p.478.) - Vol. II: [6], [479-]836; [13] pl.: illus. (Plates in the two volumes carry no numbers but are numbered 1-22 in the 'Directions' of Vol. I.)


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Directions For Placing Those Cuts Which Are Not Inserted In The Letter-Press - Table Of The Contents Of Volume The First - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - Table Of The Contents Of Volume The Second - [Text] - Index; [colophon] - Errata [slip].

Responsibility Note

In Volume II one plate is signed as engraved by Swaine; four are captioned as impressions 'from the Original Block engraved by Albert Durer'; one is captioned as engraved by Bromley Junr. A few in-text illustrations are signed as engraved by J. Swaine.

The printer's name is repeated in the colophons.

The work is dedicated by the Author to George John Earl Spencer.

Summary Note

The plates show prints by Maso Finiguerra, Pollaiuolo, Mantegna, Martin Schongauer, Dürer, Julio Campagnola and Marc' Antonio Raimondi.

Binding Note

20th-century half red morocco, red cloth-covered boards; spines lettered 'History Of Engraving Ottley - I (II)', 'R.A.' and '1816'.


Engraving - Engravers - Europe - Italy - History - 15th century - 16th century
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


John McCreery, printer
George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, dedicatee
Albrecht Dürer, source artist, draughtsman, engraver
John Swaine, engraver
John and Arthur Arch, publisher