A Dictionary of Painters, from the Revival of the Art to the Present Period. A New Edition, with Considerable Additions, an Appendix, and an Index by Henry Fuseli, R.A.
by Pilkington, M., and Fuseli, Henry.
London: Printed by John Crowder, Warwick Square, for J. Johnson [et al.], 1805. 4to., xx, (2), 693, (21) pp. with index and errata. Half leather with green cloth sides, backstrip titled and ruled in gilt. Headcap chipped, joints cracked but holding well, scattered foxing. A good and very serviceable copy of a useful reference work. First edition to be revised by Fuseli. Pilkington's dictionary was originally published in 1770. In the “Advertisement of the Editor” Fuseli states that every new article has been marked with an asterix and every article he has rewritten marked with an “F”. Following a 6-page glossary of technical terms the dictionary details the careers and styles of hundreds of painters from the 14th century to many still living in 1805. Blake did not rate a mention until the 1840 edition. Bentley, BB, 2401, noting that Blake did not appear in any earlier editions. (Inventory #: 105536)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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