Sale 2468 - Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, March 8, 2018
271 c WALPOLE, HORACE. Anecdotes of Painting in England . . . Second Edition. 104 engraved plates. xiii, , 182, ; , 182, ; , 167, ; x, , 151,  pages. 4 volumes * A Catalogue of Engravers who have been born or resided in England . . . Second Edition. 9 engraved plates.  (of ), 140, 14, 20,  pages; lacks the leaf of binder’s directions.Together,2 works in 5 volumes,bound in 3.4to,228x184 mm,contemporary uniform teal morocco gilt with floral border on covers, urn and ornamental tools and morocco lettering pieces on spines, gilt on spines dulled, joints starting on Volume ¾ of the Anecdotes; varying offsetting from plates, some plates and text leaves lightly toned, small stains on frontispiece in Volume 1 of the Anecdotes, blank outer margin excised from plate facing page 109 in Volume 3. Armorial bookplate of Charles Tyrrell dated 1766 in Volume 1/2. handsome set . Strawberry Hill:Thomas Kirgate, 1765; 1771 [i. e., 1780]) [1,500/2,500] one of 300 copies each , except for the Volume 4 of the Anecdotes, which is one of 600. First published in 1762-63, “the Anecdotes were collected and digested in what Walpole called his ‘years of Vasarihood.’ An important pioneering work, still basic . . . The reliable text is interspersed with critical, quotable comments on the art and artists, reflecting the personal taste of the owner of Strawberry Hill”—Arntzen & Rainwater H127. Hazen, Strawberry Hill 10.