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Lorrain, Claude, and Richard Earlom 
'LIBER VERITATIS; OR A COLLECTION OF PRINTS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DESIGNS OF CLAUDE LE LORRAIN; IN THE COLLECTION OF HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE. EXECUTED BY RICHARD EARLOM, IN THE MANNER AND TASTE OF THE DRAWINGS. TO WHICH IS ADDED A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF EACH PRINT; TOGETHER WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE FOR WHOM, AND THE PLACES FOR WHICH, THE ORIGINAL PICTURES WERE FIRST PAINTED ... AND THE PRESENT POSSESSORS OF MANY OF THE ORIGINAL PICTURES'. LONDON: MESSRS. BOYDELL & CO., PRINTED BY W.BULMER & CO., [N.D., CA. 1840]
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LOT SOLD. 4,000 USD
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273
Lorrain, Claude, and Richard Earlom 
'LIBER VERITATIS; OR A COLLECTION OF PRINTS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DESIGNS OF CLAUDE LE LORRAIN; IN THE COLLECTION OF HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE. EXECUTED BY RICHARD EARLOM, IN THE MANNER AND TASTE OF THE DRAWINGS. TO WHICH IS ADDED A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF EACH PRINT; TOGETHER WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE FOR WHOM, AND THE PLACES FOR WHICH, THE ORIGINAL PICTURES WERE FIRST PAINTED ... AND THE PRESENT POSSESSORS OF MANY OF THE ORIGINAL PICTURES'. LONDON: MESSRS. BOYDELL & CO., PRINTED BY W.BULMER & CO., [N.D., CA. 1840]
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,000 USD
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Lorrain, Claude, and Richard Earlom 
'LIBER VERITATIS; OR A COLLECTION OF PRINTS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DESIGNS OF CLAUDE LE LORRAIN; IN THE COLLECTION OF HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE. EXECUTED BY RICHARD EARLOM, IN THE MANNER AND TASTE OF THE DRAWINGS. TO WHICH IS ADDED A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF EACH PRINT; TOGETHER WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE FOR WHOM, AND THE PLACES FOR WHICH, THE ORIGINAL PICTURES WERE FIRST PAINTED ... AND THE PRESENT POSSESSORS OF MANY OF THE ORIGINAL PICTURES'. LONDON: MESSRS. BOYDELL & CO., PRINTED BY W.BULMER & CO., [N.D., CA. 1840]
3 volumes, folio (16 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.; 420 x 292mm). 2 mezzotint portraits of Claude and Earlom, 1 stipple-engraved portrait of John Boydell, 300 etchings with mezzotint, all printed in bistre, all by Earlom after Claude. Nineteenth century half red morocco and marbled paper covered boards, spines with raised bands in six compartments, green and brown morocco lettering pieces to the second and third, others with repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges edges; rubbing to morocco and boards with some loss. 
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Provenance

Peabody Institute (bookplates to front pastedowns, inked stamp on titles and verso of each plate)

Literature

Abbey 'Life' 200; Brunet III:1169; Cohen-De Ricci 242; Lowndes II:1398

Catalogue Note

"This capital work, a landmark in the history of the reproduction of master drawings... It contains 300 etchings of drawings by Claude Lorrain, pastoral, mythological, and biblical subjects, and was called 'Liber Veritatis' [Book of Truth] for the purpose of identifying Claude's genuine works from forgeries, or from drawings wrongly attributed to the master" (Abbey). First published between 1777 and 1819, the present set is a 19th century edition, with the text and plates printed on unwatermarked wove paper.

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