London: Bernard Lintott/Wiliam Taylor, 1716. Second Edition. Hardcover. London, Bernard Lintott / William Taylor, 1716, Hardcover
Published by London: Printed for Bernard Lintott and sold by William Taylor at the ship in Pater-Noster-Row. 1716.
8vo. pp. 8 p.l., lxviii, 397, engraved frontice. & dedication headpiece by S. Gribelin. Recent full gilt re-back into original calf boards, some minor chipping to free fly leaves else very good condition. Second Edition of the English Translation by John Dryden [1631-1700]. Dryden borrowed several months from his translation of Virgil s Aeneid to accomplish his prose translation of Du Fresnoy s De Arte Graphica (1668), to which he has added a prefatory essay containing a Parallel Between Painting and Poetry. He is remembered now almost entirely as a writer rather than painter. His Latin poem, De arte graphica, was written during his Italian sojourn, and embodied his observations on the art of painting; it may be termed a critical treatise on the practice of the art, with general advice to students. The precepts are sound according to the standard of his time; the poetical merits slender enough. The Latin style is formed chiefly on Lucretius and Horace. The translation was originally published in 1695. This second edition is believed to have been edited by painter Charles Jervas, with the assistance of Alexander Pope, and includes a
dedicatory poem to Jervas from Pope. Pope greatly admired the translation as did Dr. Johnson, who borrowed 400 quotations from it for his Dictionary. His pictorial works are few; they are correct in drawing, with something of the Caracci in design, and of Titian in colouring, but wanting fire and expression, and insufficient to keep his name in
any eminent repute. Item #270
Price (USD): $710.00