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Examples Of The Engraved Portraiture Of The Sixteenth Century.

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Engraved Portraiture Of The Sixteenth Century


London And Edinburgh.: Privately Printed For Sir William Stirling-Maxwell., MDCCCLXXII.

Physical Description

p. [1-18], [115-]120, [2] p., 114 pl. + handlist ([vii-]xxiv, [4] p.).

General Note

The text on p. [5-16] is printed in double columns numbered [i-]xxiv. Some of the numbered leaves of plates carry more than one plate; some plates are pasted in.


[Half-t., t.p., note on impression] - Preface - Illustrations - [title, note] - [Plates] - Index [portraits, artists, miscellaneous] - [arms of editor]. - [Handlist:] [vii-]xxiv, [4] p.

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Engraved Portraiture Of The Sixteenth Century'. The title of the handlist is 'Examples Of The Engraved Portraiture Of The Sixteenth Century. List Of Illustrations And Index'.

A note printed on the verso of the title page states, 'The Impression Consists Of Only Fifty Copies ...'.

In his Preface Sir William draws attention to the various methods used in reproducing the prints - the photo-lithographic, e.g. plates 17 (Dante) by Whiteman & Bass, 26 (Charles V) by Stephen Ayling, 64:5 (L. Alberti) by Peter Fergusson; the photo-type, e.g. plate 21:2 (Charles V) by James Ramage printed by Geo. Waterston & Co.; and 'Sun printing', i.e. the 'carbon process', e.g. plates 54 (Aretino) by Charles B. Praetorius, and 109 (Sixtus V) by Alexander MacGlashon, and the 'photodynamic', e.g. pl. 107 (Coornhert) by Sawyer & Bird.


The verso of the half-title is inscribed in red ink, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with the compliments of the Editor William Stirling Maxwell May 1st 1873'.

Copy Note

The note printed on the verso of the title page of the Academy's copy states that ' ... This Is Number 43'.

Binding Note

19th-century half morocco, light-brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Engraved Portraiture - Sixteenth Century', 'R.A.' and '1872'.


Celebrities - Artists - Poets - Rulers - 16th century
Portraits - Engravings - 16th century
Photolithographs - Pictorial works - 19th century


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