Essai sur la Peinture, la Sculpture et l'Architecture
by [BACHAUMONT, Louis de]
Engraved allegorical frontis. 1 p.l., vi, 93 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. N.p.: 1751. First edition. Bachaumont (1690-1771) was an influential noble who grew up at the court of Versailles during the height of its significance as the political and cultural nucleus of France. He frequented the salons of Paris and was entangled in several controversies, one in particular regarding a journal filled with gossip ascertained at the salon of Madame Doublet de Persan, for which he may have been partially responsible. By the end of his life, he was known as a cultural authority, whose opinion was sought after by artists and collectors alike. In the present work, his most important, Bachaumont espouses his beliefs on the aesthetics of art. Its publication was met with an enthusiastic reception. Fine copy. Name of author inscribed on title in a contemporary hand. ❧ Dictionnaire des Journalistes (1600-1789), "Louis Petit de Bachaumont" (online resource). N.B.G., Vol. IV, cols. 55-56. (Inventory #: 5520)
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