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The History Of The Life Of Albrecht Dürer Of Nürnberg. With A Translation Of His Letters And Journal, And Some Account Of His Works. By Mrs. Charles Heaton.

Mrs. Mary Margaret Heaton

RA Collection: Book

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London:: Macmillan And Co., 1870. [The Right of Translation and Reproduction is reserved.]

Physical Description

xv, [1], 340 p., frontis. (port.), [25] pl.: [5] illus.; 255 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Preface - Contents - List Of Illustrations - [Text] - Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: R. Clay, Sons, And Taylor, Printers, Bread Street Hill.'


On Mrs. Heaton see C. Monkhouse in The Academy (1883 June 9), p. 408-9; C.R. Sherman and A.M. Holcomb, edd., Women as interpreters of the visual arts, 1820-1979 (1981), p. 13-14.

D. Eichberger and C. Zika, edd., Dürer and his culture (1998); J. Bialostocki, Dürer and his critics (1986).

Summary Note

The text is a popularising summary of recent German research on Dürer; but ignores some sources (such as the Venice letters) which place Dürer in a less favorable light.

The frontispiece shows a portrait of Dürer. The plates and in-text illustrations show woodcuts and engravings. A note on the title-page verso states, 'Ten of the Illustrations in this volume are reproductions by the Autotype (carbon) process, and are printed in permanent tints by Messrs. Cundall and Fleming, under licence from the Autotype Company, Limited.'


Purchased for RA Library in 1870 (see 'Librarian's Report for the Year 1870', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 6, p. 28).

Copy Note

The rear pastedown carries the printed ticket of the binder, which reads, 'Bound By Burn & Co. Kirby St E.C.'

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth, upper cover decorated in black and gold and lettered 'History Of The Life Of Albrecht Dürer.'; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'History Of The Life Of Albert Dürer' and 'Macmillan & Co'.

Name as Subject


Painters - Draughtsmen - Engravers - Theorists - Germany - History - 16th century
Art history - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Photographs - Carbon process - Photomechanical prints - Great Britain - 19th century