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Gilpin, William, 1724–1804
An essay upon prints : containing remarks upon the principles of picturesque beauty, the different kinds of prints, and the characters of the most noted masters : illustrated by criticisms upon particular pieces : to which are added, some cautions that may be useful in collecting prints.
Additional Title(s):
Essay on prints
London : Printed for J. Robson, bookseller to the Princess Dowager of Wales, at the Feathers, in New Bond Street, MDCCLXVIII [1768]
Physical Description:
[2], iv, 4, [2], 249, [13] pages ; 20 cm (8vo)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NE430 G48
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BEIN Osborn pc301: 18 cm. Imperfect: partial loss of marginal ms. characters due to trimming; wormed. Autograph, ms. notes, and armorial bookplate of Alexander Fraser Tytler [Lord Woodhouselee]. Bookplate signed 'Woodhouselee.' On t.p. in ms: 'Alex. Tytler' (at top of page) and 'by Mr. Gilpin' (following title). Includes Tytler's transcriptions of engravers' marks in margins. With: Martyn, Thomas. Chronological series of engravers from the invention of the art ... Cambridge : J. Archdeacon, 1770.
Published anonymously. Attributed to William Gilpin. Cf. ESTC
ESTC (RLIN) describes a copy (extra-illustrated?) with [17] plates. RLIN (but not ESTC) includes several records for a 1768 ed. with title, "An essay on prints," lacking any plates. ESTC (RLIN) lists a 3rd (1781) and 4th (1792) ed. with title, "An essay on prints."
Pages [2] (first count), [2] (fourth count), and final p. blank.
Pages 44-45 and 81-96 misnumbered 45-46 and 77-92 respectively.
English short title catalogue, T94038
Errata on page [1] of final count.
"Explanation of terms" on pages 1-4 (third count).
Includes index.
Subject Terms:
Engravers -- Early works to 1800.
Engraving -- Early works to 1800.
Fenn, John, 1739-1794 -- Autograph.
Fenn, John, 1739-1794 -- Bookplate.
Fenn, John, 1739-1794 -- Ms. notes.
Prints -- Collectors and collecting.
Roydon Library -- Ownership.
Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813 -- Autograph.
Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813 -- Bookplate.
Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813 -- Ms. notes.
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century.
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Robson, James, 1733-1806, publisher.

  • I. The principles of painting considered, as far as they relate to prints
  • II. Observations on the different kinds of prints
  • III. Characters of the most noted masters
  • IV. Remarks on particular prints
  • V. Cautions in collecting prints.

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