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Rodlich, H.F.
Praktische Anweisung zur Verfertigung der Venezianischen Estriche.

Berlin C.H. Platen: 1810.

A very lovely book on the art of making Venetian crushed-stone floors which illustrates the tools and the step-by-step processes involved. Venetian crushed stone floors are a rather difficult subject -very little material about them is available in the literature. Certainly the neo-classic elements are unmistakable, and the influence of recently excavated Roman ruins must have played a part in their popularity in Italy and, as this book illustrates, Germany. The plates show the stone being prepared and colored, the floor surface being planned, laid-out and prepared, and the stone being applied and smoothed. The workmen are all stylishly dressed for such a dirty job, and appear very happy at their tasks. Young boys help with the work in a number of plates. Obviously a labor and time-intensive task, the laying of a stone floor is chronicled here in hand-colored plates that can only be described as jewel-like, and yet are also fairly realistic. A rare book, with only a single OCLC listing (in the Netherlands).

Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 28 pages of text plus 24 hand-colored engraved plates on 12 leaves. Bound in new quarter leather with marbled boards. Very slight stains in several places, several very discreet remnants of old institutional stamps, but overall an exceptional copy of a rare work.

Inventory #: 30821
Price: $ 8500.00      



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