L'art de peindre. Pöeme. Avec des réflexions sur les différentes partis de la peinture
Edition: First edition.
Paris: H.L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1760. 16mo, 14.5 cm (there was also a quarto edition). pp (2), xxiv, 152, (2) + 2 plates. Lacking the frontispiece (this copy seems to have never had one). Bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt decorated with label, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Spine has shallow chip at head, small chip to upper rear joint, small chip about 0.5 on a side to middle of front joint; front joint partially cracked but covers quite firmly attached, inner hinges not cracked. In all, externally good, internally fine, no owner names. Title page vignette and 23 finely engraved head and tale pieces by J.B.M. Pierre, engraved by the author. Watelet was an amateur painter, engraver, and collector, and the present book, his first, is a long poem on the practice of painting. It got him elected to the French Academy in the year of publication.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover