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SMITH (John): The Art of Painting in Oyl. Wherein is included each particular Circumstance relating to the best and most approved Rules for preparing, mixing, and working of Oyl Colours The whole Treatise being so full Compleat, and so exactly fitted to the meanest Capacity, that all Persons whatsoever, may be able by these Directions, to Pain in Oyl Colours all manner of Timber work; that require either Use, Beauty, or Preservation, from the Violence or Injury of the Weather. The Fifth Impression, with some Alterations, and many Matters added, which are not to be found int he former Editions. To which is added, The whole Art and Mystery of Colouring Maps, andother Prints, with Water-Colours. , London: Printed for A. Bettesworth..., F. Clay..., and E. Syman..., 1723.

12mo, pp. [viii], 108 [109 - 112 adverts], slightly later 18th century sheepskin; lower portion of spine defective with some loss of leather and cords exposed, front joint a little worn, later inscription in pencil on verso of front free end-paper, "William Wiles/ His Painting/ Book." In some editions of this work, Smith is identified as a clockmaker, and on the title-page here, "C. M." follows his name. This is probably John Smith (1647/81727?), a clockmaker and writer, who published his Horological Disquisitions concerning the Nature of Time in 1694. The earliest located edition of this is a "second impression" of 1687; at least a further eight editions followed, and the work is frequently cited in treatises or essays on oil painting. ESTC T228403 locates copies in the BL, the National Gallery, and Jesus College, Oxford; and LC in the USA. (Book ref. 5916 )  £ 650.00

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