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July 20, 2018 12:00 PMCalender

Smith, John (b. 1648?) The Art of Painting.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3117BLocation: BostonDate / Time: July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Smith, John (b. 1648?) The Art of Painting. London: Printed for Samuel Crouch, at the Corner Shop of Pope's Head Ally, on the right hand next Cornhill, 1676. First edition, octavo, rare, three U.S. copies in ESTC, bound in very good contemporary or slightly later marbled sheepskin, 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.

Smith's work was written to assist other makers of sundials in painting the faces of their devices. He describes grinding colors with oil, the tools of painting, gold leafing, recommends color choices, gives recipes for glue, provides a reading list "for him that would be a Compleat Dialist," describes how to paint sun dials, painting interiors ("wainscot, doors, windows, posts, rayles, pales, gates, and the like),and makes suggestions with an eye to the preservation painted surfaces "to resist weather, and preserve Timber or woodden works from rotting."

A2-8 (lacking license leaf, A1),B-F8, G2.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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Samuel Crouch, United States, London