The book is a translation of Abraham Bosse’s Traité des manières de grave of 1645 which was undertaken by Faithorne. Although he had taken the trouble to translate it, engrave the six plates and have it printed, for some unknown reason, Faithorne decided to suppress the second part. John Evelyn, in his 'advertisement' appended to his own translation of Bosse’s work which appeared under the title Sculptura, states that he, as well as Faithorne, had made a translation of the second part, "but, understanding it to be also the design of Mr. Faithorn, who had (it seems) translated the first part of it, and is himself by Profession a Graver, and an excellent Artist; that I might neither anticipate the worlds expectation, nor the workmans pains, to their prejudice, I desisted from printing my copy, and subjoyning it to this discourse."
Although the pagination is continuous to both parts of Faithorne’s work, the type is slightly different and the sheets are now gathered in fours rather than eights. Clearly there was some sort of a hiatus when Faithorne learned that Evelyn was going to publish a translation. It seems likely that an agreement was decided between the two translators on who indeed was going to actually publish this second part. It is quite possible that Faithorne became aware of the deleterious effect that publishing a guide to printing copperplates could have on his own business and quickly suppressed the second part. For whatever reason, the only evidence today that the second part ever saw the light of day in 1662 is the present example.
It was not until 1921 when a 1702 reissue surfaced, with new title and additional preliminary matter, that this second part was known to have been printed at all. To date, ten libraries now hold copies of the 1702 issue, but the only example of Faithorne’s work as it was intended to be issued is the present copy.
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