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WEYERMAN, Jacob Campo. The life descriptions of the Dutch art painters

WEYERMAN, Jacob Campo. De levens-beschryvingen der Nederlandsche konst-schilders en konst-schilderessen, met een uytbreyding over de schilder-konst der ouden. The Hague, widow of E. Boucquet, H. Scheurleer, F. Boucquet, J. de Jongh, 1729 (vols. 1-3); Dordrecht, Ab Blussé & son, 1769 (vol. 4). 4 volumes. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece, title-pages in red and black and with engraved vignettes, a folding portrait of Willem Karel Hendrik Friso (1711-1751), Prince of Orange and from 1747 hereditary Stadtholder Willem IV, a portrait of the author, 40 engraved plates by Houbraken with multiple portraits of artists on each plate, 1 plate with a night scene, 1 mezzotint and 118 engraved vignettes. In contemporary red morocco leather fine bindings. With decorative gilt paneled boards, raised banding to spines with full gilt decorations, spine labels lettered in gilt. Stained endpapers, some losses on the spines, rubbings on the binding, otherwise in quite good condition First edition of richly illustrated biographies of more than 100 Dutch painters. Jacob Campo Weyerman (1677-1747), Dutch author known for for this history of Dutch art, he leans on Houbraken's De groote schouburgh der Neder-lantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718-1721). The first three parts published in 1729; the fourth - 40 years later - is mainly devoted to the painters from the Art Academy at The Hague. All 40 plates with artists' portraits, the frontispiece, 2 other portraits and the night scene are in the first 3 volumes (the later volume 4 has no plates). The lavish vignettes throughout the volumes are worth mentioning as well, mostly executed by Picart and apparently made for the present publication. From a private collection Geneva Switzerland Kunst op schrift 243-245; Arntzen/ Rainwater H129.