Bregeaut 1827, lithography manual


Bregeaut, Manuel complet théorique et pratique du dessinateur et l’imprimeur lithographe, Paris, 1827

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Manuel complet théorique et pratique du dessinateur et de l’imprimeur lithographe. Second édition, revue, corrigée, augmentée, et ornée de douze lithographies.

Paris: Roret (de l’imprimerie de Crapelet), 1827.

18mo in 6’s: pp. xxxvi 176 [4], advertisements on last 4 pages.

10 lithographed plates on 7 leaves,  WITHOUT THE 2 FURTHER PLATES ON A SINGLE LEAF WHICH ARE NOT ALWAYS PRESENT:  frontispiece signed ‘H. Roux’; rural scene signed ‘H. Roux’ (p. 65); Pl. VII (p. 105); Pl. IX (p. 114); Pl. VIII (p. 139); 2 unsigned plates signed ‘Roux’ (pasted edge to edge and bound as a folding plate at p. 172); Pls X, XI, XII (printed side by side on a single folding leaf) 

Condition: 128 x 83mm. Worming in the gutter at the bottom, not affecting the text or plates; plates foxed. 

Binding: Contemporary sheep-backed sprinkled boards, flat gilt spine with black lettering piece, marbled edges. Head and tail of spine worn and upper joint cracked but sound. 

Provenance: Signature ‘L. Guillaume’ on pastedown. 

Second edition. This is probably an early issue as several copies are like this one with only the 10 plates of the first eidition and without the 2 further plates added to the second and called for on the titlepage (see Charles B. Wood III, inc, cat 101 (1990) 23). The first edition was published in the same year by the author rather than Roret and has only 10 plates. References. Cf. Bigmore and Wyman I, p. 80 (Troyes, 1834 only).

An important lithography manual with detailed plates of presses and equipment and samples of different styles of lithography. It is useful for the information it provides on the early years of the Lasteyrie press in Paris (Whitehead, Alois Senefelder, Philadelphia, 1972, p. 22 and no. 59). There were several editions, including a German translation (Ulm 1829) and parts of it were translated into English by Hullmandel and published in 1832

This was one of the separate manuals that make up the Encyclopédie Roret, a series that includes a number of significant works on the book arts. This copy has a 4 page advertisement bound at the end, ‘Collection de Manuels formant une Encyclopédie des sciences et des arts. Format in-18’. 

Twyman Lithography p. 264.