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Bibliothèque Des Merveilles - Les Merveilles De la Peinture Par Louis Viardot - Première Série Contenant 20 Vignettes Sur Bois Par Paquier (Deuxième Série Ouvrage Illustré De 12 Vignettes Par Paquier - Deuxième Édition)

Louis Viardot

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Merveilles De la Peinture


Paris: Librairie De L. Hachette Et Cie Boulevard Saint-Germain, No 77 -, 1868 (- 1872) Droits de propriété et de traduction réservés.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 180 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [4], 328[i.e. 310], [2] p., [12] pl.: [8] illus. (Nine of the 12 pl. have been counted in the pagination, as two pages each.) - Vol. II: [4], 343 [i.e. 319], [5] p., [12] pl. (All 12 pl. have been counted in the pagination, as two pages each. The plates in this volume also carry no numbers, but are numbered 1-12 in ' Table Des Planches'.)


Vol. I: [Half-t., frontis. (= pl.1), t.p.] - Préface - [Text and plates] - Table Des Gravures - Table Des Matières; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text and plates] - Table Des Planches - Table Des Matières; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

All but one plates in both volumes and all in-text illustrations in Vol. I are signed as drawn by A. Paquier. Many carry also the name of the source-artist, and most that of the engraver - Ettling, L. Chapon, A. Gusman, Pannemaker, H. Koch, J. Ansseau, J. Robert, G. Laplante.

The printer is named on the half-title versos and in the colophons: 'Paris. - Imp. Simon Baçon Et Comp., Rue D'Erfurth, 1.'

Summary Note

The second series was translated into English as Wonders of European art (1870). The work was translated into English as A brief history of the painters of all schools (1877).


The versos of the front loose endpapers are inscribed in pencil 'S:A:H', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; black morocco spine labels lettered 'Viardot - Merveilles de La Peinture' and 'Tome I (II)'.


Painting - Painters - Europe - History
Art history - Biography - France - 19th century
Pictorial works - France - 19th century